Belfry Theatre
(Belfry Theatre)

A number of arts organizations in Victoria and Regina are partnering this spring to launch a BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) arts leadership program. The program will offer Zoom seminars and paid internships to 10 participants, with components framed around the proposals of successful applicants.

It is slated to run through to next spring, with Zoom seminars delivered twice a week for six weeks (July 12th to August 20th, 2021) and paid internships running from January 10th to April 1st, 2022.The program was announced on Thursday by the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, in collaboration with Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Belfry TheatreCommon Weal Community Arts, ReginaDance VictoriaGlobe Theatre, ReginaPacific Opera VictoriaUniversity of Regina, Faculty of Media, Art and PerformanceUniversity of Victoria, Faculty of Fine ArtsVictoria Conservatory of Music; and Victoria Symphony.

Taiwo Afolabi, an assistant professor at the University of Regina is co-coordinating the project with the Belfry Theatre, and says the collaboration will be genuine and meaningful.

“The senior management of these organizations have come to the table to ask difficult questions about the current state of the art,” he said.

“They are hoping to develop a path towards an arts and culture sector that is deliberately inclusive.”

Afolabi is also the former Manager of Community and Artistic Connections at the Belfry Theatre, and added that the program will create exchange opportunities that can unlearn old practices and establish new ones.

Interested applicants can contact nida@belfry.bc.ca for information and application forms. Submissions can be made in written or video form.

The deadline for applications is May 1st, 2021.

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