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them a bit of an incentive to get on with some of these things.

[1230] time permitting, i'd like to provide a brief over- view of the B.c. arts council programs to help put the recommendations into context. en we can deal with the nine specic recommendations and what the arts council has done and is doing to address them.

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    Ralston (Chair): certainly. go ahead.

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    Jacobs: in general, the arts council staagree on

principles underlying the recommendations, and it was instrumental in supporting the council's strategic plan for the 2009-2013 period.

an overview of the arts council. it is an independent crown agency. it was established by provincial legisla- tion in 1996. its intent is to support arts and culture in British columbia, to create opportunities for people to participate in the arts and to provide an open, account- able and impartial process. its mandate is to support the arts and cultural community by providing nancial as- sistance, policy, research advocacy and public education, and the mission is to engage all British columbians in a healthy arts and cultural community that's recognized for excellence.

its core values include artistic excellence in all art forms; vibrant arts and cultural communities central to the creation of a healthy society; and breadth of artistic activity from emerging to established, from classical to experimental and from traditional to contemporary. it has a core value of inclusiveness, while respecting B.c.'s aboriginal arts and culture. it has a value of clear goals, developed in consultation with the arts and cultural communities, to guide short- and long-term operations, as well as fair and transparent administrative and ad- judicative processes that adhere to the principles of accountability, independence, recognition of merit and equality of opportunity.

Just a bit of the core business at a glance. e council oversees 33 programs that support artists and arts or- ganizations throughout B.c. in scal year 2009-10 the council managed 2,030 requests for nancial assistance.

  • ese requests exceeded $40 million. e council pro-

vided awards totalling just over $10.93 million. ese went to 1,069 organizations and individuals in 228 com- munities throughout B.c.

  • e legislation provides that there are up to 15 mem-

bers appointed by orders-in-council to the council board. it's broadly representative. ey're appointed by the lieutenant-governor-in-council, who also desig- nates the chair and vice-chair. in 2009, just aer the review was done, their strategic plan included the fol- lowing goals: to foster artistic excellence, strengthen community engagement, support the unique role of ab- original artists and communities, and enhance nancial


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and other services — in which part this review was very helpful in working on some of those initiatives.

  • e rst recommendation was that the B.c. arts

council ensure that all grant programs are advertised and that complete information is provided to and re- quested from applicants. is is fully implemented.

  • ere was a revision done to their website to ensure that

program details are available to all interested artists and organizations. funding provided is through programs that have full disclosure of these guidelines and have ap- plication forms that are available to all applicants. at was put in place in September of 2009.

  • e second recommendation was that the B.c. arts

council put procedures in place to ensure that eligibility and need of an applicant is conrmed and documented. again, this is fully, substantially completed. each application is reviewed for eligibility, and ineligible ap- plications are coded in their database. ey're discussed by the council's management committee, and if they're deemed ineligible, applicants are informed that their re- quest will not proceed to adjudication. in 2009-10 there were no ineligible applications that made it to the peer assessment process.

recommendation 3 was that the B.c. arts council ensure that stahave skills to review and assess nan- cial information provided by applicants. is is partially implemented.

[1235] Just this current scal, in '10-11, the council required that 250 regularly funded clients use a new national database known as cadac, the canadian arts data. it's a web-based application dedicated to collection, dissemination and analysis of nancial and statistical in- formation about canadian arts organizations. it's used throughout canada, and it provides invaluable infor- mation about what's happening in the arts community, particularly of a nancial nature. training on this sys- tem has been provided to council sta. it's helped them with their review and assessment of nancial informa- tion, and additional training is scheduled for early next calendar year.

  • e fourth recommendation was that the B.c. arts

council adequately document for each application the rationale supporting decisions to support or deny fund- ing and, where funding is granted, the justication for the amount approved. again, this is fully or substantially implemented.

as part of the decision-making process, they have peer review panels score each request. ey provide comments on the application's alignment with the as- sessment criteria. e scores, rankings and funding allocations resulting from each panel are signed o by the members of the panel and stored on line. ere are clear records of this review process and detailed ac- cording to the stated assessment criteria, and these are maintained and available to each applicant.

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