This is a time of profound change – paradigm shifts in many sectors of our society, including environmental, civic, economic, and political re-adjustments. In all cases our sector has an important role to play, and it is important that we let decision-makers and policy-makers know that we are here and have the capacity to help in responding to the emerging challenges we face as a region, province and nation. These challenges represent opportunities for our members, as we embark on a year where we aim to make sure that the arts and culture are part of the solutions and responses. We must spread the message that the arts are well worth investing in, and that rather than requiring bailing out we are here to help in rebuilding.

Amir Ali Alibhai
BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, 2009