March 2022  West Kootenay Regional Arts Council is seeking an Executive Director. Deadline to apply: Friday, April 8, 2022. Details available as a PDF file, or by emailing [email protected] to request more information.
Supporting arts development since 1980!

    Current projects include:

    • ARTiculate magazine
    • Kootenay Festivals and Events Brochure
    • Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin
    • Management of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, including distribution of Columbia Basin Trust arts & culture funding and management of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour
    • Partnership with Samonte Cruz Studios presentation of Bent On Art: Kootenay Queer and Trans Art Festival; promoting the work of LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenays, while creating educational opportunities, fostering community connection, and promoting resilience through the arts
    • Arts service organization providing arts and cultural education, arts governance, management and administrative resources and advocacy
    • Supporting and presenting projects and workshops to enrich our cultural community

    Contact us:
    250-352-2421 / 1-800-850-2787
    [email protected]
    Mail: Box 103, Nelson, BC, V1L 5P7
    Office: #4 619B Front Street,
    Nelson, BC
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    We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of the Province of BC and the British Columbia Arts Council..

    BC Arts Council - WKRAC Sponsor

Our objective as a regional arts council, is to provide training, consultation, communication, and coordination which do not duplicate or compete with local arts council efforts; but rather assist them in carrying out their activities more effectively, as well as bringing to bear regional and provincial issues and perspectives and sharing assistance and expertise which may not be available at a local level.

Ten things you can embrace local culture
by Anne DeGrace
1. Buy one piece of local art a year, every year, no matter what. It could be a painting to grace your mantle, one your children will argue over after you're gone. Or it could be a handthrown coffee cup that just makes every cup taste better, somehow. Size doesn't matter; it's the principle.
2. Learn one new thing each year. Take a tap class. Spend a weekend at a journal-writing workshop. Attend a demonstration on stained glass, and step up and ask every question you can think of. Then, sign up for the introductory course.
3. Expose yourself. That is, expose yourself to some form of artistic expression that you think you won't like. Catch the community opera presentation of Figaro. Or, if opera's your thing, take in an earful of the local grunge group, Spiked and Nasty. Think poetry's for the birds? Open your ears, and your mind. (Check out Kootenay Festivals and Events for listings of upcoming events in the region!)
4. Give the gift of your community's artists. This year, make every gift you buy something original: a CD hotpressed by a local choir; a new book by a local writer; a hand blown glass bauble for the tree, and from the forge next door, a hook to hang a hat on - which, serendipitously, was hand felted down the street.
5. Pass it around. Buy someone else a ticket to something you enjoy. Take a friend along, or just treat someone you appreciate - anonymously. Have you ever bought a ticket to something and then been unable to attend? Don't ask for a refund: ask the venue to find a deserving recipient, preferably one who's broke. Or send two tickets to a youth centre or seniors' facility. At the event, try to guess who might be there thanks to you.
6. Challenge yourself. Pick a good day and try to find as many art-related things to do as you can. Do them all: read the book, write the poem, play the tune, hear the band, watch the dance, applaud the play, go to the gallery. Challenge six other people to do the same.
7. Sing. Learn a song composed by a local musician and sing it: in the shower, in the car, walking down the street. Drive your co-workers crazy. It doesn't matter that you sound like a wombat in heat. When you go to sleep, dream about it. Now, teach it to someone else.
8. Volunteer: for your local cultural event, for the theatre production, for your arts organization. Sit at the information table, paint the backdrop, take the tickets, do the soundcheck, carry the chairs, place the podium. Afterwards, help with the cleanup. Then go for a beer with the gang.
9. Join up! There is an arts organization out there for you. These are the groups that make things happen, so you can buy things, learn about things, expose yourself, give gifts, pass the wealth, challenge yourself, sing like a wombat in heat, and volunteer your time for the fun and friends that it brings. Find it. Make it yours.
10. Pass this list along to as many people as you can.
ARTiculate Summer 2002


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