March 4, 2016


PlaceMaking: Where Arts & Heritage Collide

We are delighted to announce that registration for the Arts BC and Heritage BC collaborative conference will go on sale on the Heritage BC website in mid-March.

PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide will be a beautiful collision of arts and heritage speakers, workshops, tours, networking, and special events; all taking place at Performance Works and Revue Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver, May 5-7, 2016.

The theme of placemaking will host informative and exciting speakers and workshops all discussing planning, design and management that creates inspirational public space by utilizing heritage buildings and cultures, local communities, and the arts.

Where better to celebrate both arts and heritage than Granville Island, a jewel in the crown of placemaking, which through planning moved from industry to artistry to become the tourism draw and community hub it is today.

Over 300 delegates from Arts BC’s diverse membership of galleries, theatre and dance companies, arts service organizations and individual artists, together with Heritage BC’s network of heritage commissions and societies, museum professionals, planners, archivists, consultants, government employees, First Nations organizations, tourism professionals, educators, students, politicians, architects, realtors, and arts and heritage enthusiasts and advocates will come together for this three-day meeting of arts and heritage minds.

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Keynote Speaker

This year we welcome Dr. Nancy Mackin, PhD, Architect AIBC, LEED AP, Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria as our conference keynote speaker.

Over the past 12 years, Dr. Nancy Mackin has designed and researched spaces that help keep young people healthy. These efforts, which are all beyond her regular practice, address the issue that young people are having difficulty staying healthy. Nancy’s commitment sets a high standard for community service by an architect.

Dr. Mackin has a PhD from University of British Columbia in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and First Nations Studies. She also holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture, UBC, and a BA (Music) from University of Western Ontario. She practices her love of architecture and teaches in communities throughout northwestern Canada, with a focus on landscapes and building designs of indigenous peoples. Nancy is adopted Nisga’a and Tsimshian. Her Nisga’a name, Hiilagum Hlocks, translates to “Morning Sun”.

AIBC & PIBC credits will be available for attending applicable workshop sessions and the keynote speaker.



Conference Program & Workshops

There will be multiple sessions of workshops throughout the three day conference; providing participants with hands-on and practical learning opportunities. Themes include:

  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism,
  • Business Models for Arts & Heritage Organizations,
  • Community Development and Engagement
  • Interpretation of Place through Arts and Heritage
  • The BC Societies Act
  • Ethnic and Cultural Communities in B.C.
  • Notforprofit Board Development

You will be able to select your chosen workshops, tours and special events during online registration.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Compliment your company’s marketing plan and help to support arts and heritage in B.C. by becoming a conference sponsor. A number of opportunities, big and small, are available which will help to increase your company’s visibility in the arts and heritage sectors before, during, and after the three-day conference.

If you wish to receive further information, please contact:

Kathryn Molloy
Executive Director, Heritage BC
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