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Upcoming Workshops

Copyright for Artists - Free Workshop

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.  

This workshop is recommended for all creators: visual artists, media artists, composers, writers, performing artists, and photographers.

With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what's fair to use or what others can use of ours? Recent court cases with Canadian artists emphasize the importance of understanding copyright.

Time & Date: 6:30 - 8:00 pm, October 11, 2017
Location: Kootenay Gallery of Art, 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar, BC

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The Copyright for Artists workshop was developed by Artistsí Legal Outreach,, which is a group of volunteer lawyers and law students committed to working with artists and arts organizations. ALO offers resources, workshops and clinics across BC.

This workshop is offered by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council (WKRAC) in partnership with Kootenay Gallery of Art, with the generous support of The Province of British Columbia.

Instructor Martha Rans has been working with the non-profit sector for 25 years. She was a community development worker, and board member who upon her call to the bar in 1993 became a legal advisor to many non-profits, charities and co-ops. As part of the National CBA Non-Profit and Charities subsection she reviewed proposed draft guidance to arts charities. She is also a recognized Canadian copyright expert.


Transition Hubs Now Available in the East and West Kootenay Regions!

Are you involved with a Non Profit society, or know someone who is?  

The new Societies Act, which governs registered non-profit societies in British Columbia, came into effect on November 28, 2016. The new act includes a number of updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest. The act allows for a two-year transition period for registered non-profit societies in BC to become compliant.

The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) has launched a project to offer resources and mentorship during the transition period, to assist non-profit groups in various areas of the province with reviewing and updating their Constitution and Bylaws to become compliant with the new act.

In general, the project involves participation by members of non-profit boards in a facilitated information session (including webinar) with a q & a period. Materials presented at the information sesson will outline the transition process and present a suite of resources that can be accessed for further assistance. After attending the facilitated session, there will be some additional opportunities for follow up by mentors or volunteer law students.

In The East and West Kootenay regions, two Society Act Transition Hubs have been created to help present the facilitated meetings and materials, and to help societies in their area better access these resources. T
hese hubs are funded by the Trust and created in partnership with the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council, Selkirk College and College of the Rockies.

In order to find out more about this project, please go to:

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