The Online Companion to the BC’s Guide to Arts & Culture!
For over 25 years Trudy Van Dop has been a leading professional in the Arts and Cultural sector in British Columbia. As a Cultural Entrepreneur, Trudy is the CEO of Van Dop and Associates – a cultural marketing and art consulting firm based in New Westminster BC. The firm publishes BC’s Guide to Arts and Culture, and maintains this online platform Art-BC.com as a companion database for users to discover authentic arts and cultural experiences across the province.
Throughout her career, Trudy has become an expert in many forms of marketing for the arts, arts and cultural publications, galleries, and art consulting projects on every scale. Trudy has also founded many grassroots cultural events in her hometown and other Creative Communities throughout BC. Trudy has a passion for art work and as a Gallery owner she has witnessed the need for expertise in the business management and marketing in the arts and cultural sector and has spent her career striving to support others on their journey as a cultural entrepreneur.
A Note from the Founder | Cultural Entrepreneur
British Columbia is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful places in the world – a global destination for authentic travel and adventure. The diversity and majesty of the natural landscape have long inspired flourishing culture in the province. Not only is BC Supernatural, it is #SuperCultural. The Art Guide is the only comprehensive guide to BC’s Best Arts & Cultural experiences. We invite you to explore and discover the Best of British Columbia.
There are over 100 communities in British Columbia, every one of them bears a unique cultural footprint; steeped in history and Aboriginal heritage, and brimming with art and adventure. It would take a lifetime to explore it all. Whether you are visiting from another community, province or country there is an authentic experience for every kind of Culturally Curious traveller. If you spot the Art-BC.com RECOMMENDED decal in a window, that is our guarantee of a must-see experience.
Build your own BC Cultural Crawl by choosing from a selection of crawls in the guide or build your own itinerary using the interactive maps curated to showcase the top destinations in communities across the province. Whether you are travelling from a far or just looking to getaway for the weekend, consider one of the unique destinations featured in the guide and experience the Art of the Getaway. More than just a tourist trip, the Art of the Getaway is about experiencing the local vibe and immersing yourself in the community. From luxury, secluded resorts built into the rugged and wild coastline of Vancouver Island to quiet B & Bs; nestled in the calm of lazy wine-country in the Okanagan – be inspired by the scenery and stay for the culture. As a culture lover and lifetime explorer of this majestic province, it is truly my honour to welcome you to British Columbia.
Trudy Van Dop
Publisher, Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia