Category: Art Scene

  • The Culture Tour approaches!
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    July 2024Artist credit: Hayley StewartNEWSSTART PLANNING YOUR CULTURE TOUR WEEKEND!
    It’s time to start thinking about what amazing venues you want to visit during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour! Taking place around the Basin on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, the tour features nearly 100 venues, from artists’ studios, to museums, to heritage sites. READ MORE
    OPPORTUNITY ENDS JULY 10!The BC Arts Council has announced Basic Training for Organizations in Regional Areas, which supports on-the-job training and experiential learning for emerging artists and arts practitioners by providing funding to arts organizations in regional communities. READ MOREREGISTER FOR THE ARTS BC CONFERENCE 2024At Arts BC’s bi-annual conference (Coquitlam, Oct. 3 to 5, 2024), community arts leaders, cultural visionaries and creative minds from across the province will gather to re-connect, learn together and share knowledge, stories and ideas.READ MOREREAD MORE NEWS STORIES HEREBEHIND THE SCENESQ&A WITH KEIKO LEE-HEM, CKCA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERTo help arts, culture and heritage in the Columbia Basin thrive, we rely on a dedicated team of board and steering committee members. Here, meet Keiko Lee-Hem, CKCA Steering Committee Member. READ MOREFEATURE STORYZEN WANG: PEACE AND CREATIVITY THROUGH ART
    Trained in classical Chinese brush painting and a first-generation immigrant to Canada, Zen Wang has explored various forms of artistic expression, including oil painting, graphic arts, sculpture and even chainsaw carving. READ MOREREAD MORE STORIES HERESELECT EVENTS IN THE REGIONSTARBELLY JAM MUSIC FESTIVALStarbelly Jam is a special festival, with great entertainment, great food, great people, lots of happy kids and room to play. (Crawford Bay)READ MOREBALFOUR DAZEEnjoy this fun day for the whole family, with music, food, artisan vendors, kids’ activities, a beer garden and more. (Balfour) READ MORELIFE’S A DRAGIt’s got it all: make-up, catwalk fashion show, and dance and mingle, judged by Aria Reddy from Vancouver. (Kimberley)READ MORESHAMBHALA MUSIC FESTIVALAt Canada’s premiere electronic music and arts festival, 200+ cutting-edge artists and six jaw-dropping stages come together in paradise. (Salmo)READ MORESUBMIT A LISTINGDo you have an arts, culture or heritage event you’d like to tell everyone in the Columbia Basin about? Submit your item now! READ MORESEE ALL EVENT LISTINGS HEREThank you to our funders:FacebookInstagramWebsite
  • BC Arts Council

    Calling all students! Our Scholarship program is now accepting applications until April 30, 2024. This program supports the education and training of B.C.’s future generation of artists, arts administrators, and arts and cultural practitioners with grants up to $6,000.

    Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply by reviewing the program guidelines on our website:

  • West Kootenay Regional Arts Council
    January 18, 2024

    People and organizations in the Columbia Basin that would like to pursue arts and culture projects are invited to apply for grants from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA). The application period is now open, with deadlines on March 1 or 8, 2024, depending on the program.

    CKCA grants—funded by Columbia Basin Trust and managed by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council—are available for all art disciplines, for both individuals and arts and culture organizations in the Basin.To learn more, visit Before applying, applicants are encouraged to view the video on this site and register for a grant-writing workshop. Applications for all programs are submitted online.
    Denise Baughan, Chair, CKCA
    “The arts and culture sectors are incredibly important to our communities. The CKCA board is grateful for the Trust’s continued support, and is always impressed by the breadth and creativity of the grant applications that are submitted. The Trust’s funding allows artists to grow, and it creates opportunities for the many arts and cultural organizations that apply to celebrate the diversity and individuality of the communities that make up the Basin. We are excited to see what this year’s round of applications will be and look forward to continuing to witness the ongoing positive impacts that this funding creates for the communities.”

    Justine Cohen, Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust
    “The Trust is pleased to partner with the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council to provide people living in the Columbia Basin region with opportunities to access and enjoy arts and culture. Together we are fostering creativity, cultivating a cultural legacy and adding to the vibrancy and well-being of the region.”
    Lily Andersen
    Grants Officer / Operations Manager 
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  • West Kootenay Regional Arts Council
    NEWSAPPLY NOW FOR AN ARTS & CULTURE GRANTIt’s time to apply! If you’d like to pursue an arts and culture project, you can apply now for a grant from CKCA. Deadlines are on March 1 or 8, 2024, depending on the program. READ MORE
    HAPPY 2024 FROM OUR NEW DIGS!Happy new year everyone! Here at WKRAC, our excitement for the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024 was a move into a more comfortable space, just down the hall from our old one. READ MORE

    SEND US YOUR STORY IDEAS AND EVENTSWith a chill in the air, it’s time to start thinking about warmer things: the spring issue of ARTiculate magazine! Send us your story ideas by Feb. 5 and your events listings by Feb. 16. READ MORE

    ARTICULATE PODCAST SNEAK PEAKRemember when we told you in the last newsletter that an ARTiculate podcast was around the bend? While you wait for it to officially launch in February, enjoy this teaser! READ MORE

    SHAPE THE FUTURE OF LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONSProvide your input to help local arts organizations carry on strongly into the future. Here are three opportunities, from Trail’s VISAC Gallery, Castlegar Sculpturewalk and Columbia Valley Arts. READ MORE

    READ MORE NEWS STORIES HEREBEHIND THE SCENESQ&A WITH JANEY WEEKS, CKCA STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERTo help arts, culture and heritage in the Columbia Basin thrive, we rely on a dedicated team of board and steering committee members. Here, meet Janey Weeks, CKCA Steering Committee Member. READ MORE

    If you decide to play hide and seek along the Kaslo River Trail, you just might find the best hiding spots are already taken. Known as Hide and Seek, the sculptures of rock elementals in the Kaslo forest are part of the Discover the Koots series. READ MORE

    SELECT EVENTS IN THE REGIONTAMAR ILANA & VENTANASEnjoy a night of live music with Tamar Ilana & Ventanas, fresh off their international tour. (Kaslo)READ MORE

    LUCAS MYERS IN CROMOLIThe Cromoli Brothers are delighted to continue their multi-year, We’ll See How Far We Actually Get (Could Just Be Creston, Who Knows?) World Tour. (Vallican) READ MORE

    INDIGENOUS READS BOOK CLUBEmbark on a learning journey and explore the truth of Indigenous history and stories. (Nelson)READ MORE

    BLIZZARD FESTIVALThe annual Blizzard Music Fest takes place at multiple locations around the lovely city of Rossland. (Rossland)READ MORE

    SUBMIT A LISTINGDo you have an arts, culture or heritage event you’d like to tell everyone in the Columbia Basin about? Submit your item now! 

    ALL EVENT LISTINGS HEREThank you to our funders:FacebookInstagramWebsite
  • Kootenay Art Connect
    Join us… and your sector colleagues!Join us in June to create new relationships with artists and arts organizations and strengthen existing ones.

    We’ve added exciting opportunities to the agenda. See below for more details and then register to reserve your spot!Place Finding: Locating, articulating and amplifying your unique experience in the BC arts sectorThis unique professional development workshop facilitated by Carla Stephenson of Rural Arts Inclusion Lab and Elliott Hearte from Arts BC will provide us with an opportunity to understand where our work fits in the wider context of the sector. Many of us are struggling with how to articulate the work we are doing around equity and telling our stories without being performative or exploitative. This workshop will help us place our work in the larger sector context.BC Arts Council Community OutreachAre you looking for information about grants for Community Arts Organizations? Are you part of an Indigenous organization that creates Community Arts projects?If yes, book a time to chat with a BC Arts Council Program Advisor! Krista Patterson, Program Advisor for Community Arts Organizations, is available for short (10 min), one-on-one appointments at the both the Taghum and Kimberley Kootenay Art Connect events.

    Pre-registration is required as appointments are limited. Event registrants will receive a booking link to reserve their time. Have your questions ready!There is a limit of 50 people per session, so reserve your spot soon! Lunch is provided.In-person West Kootenay gathering: Tuesday, June 20, Taghum Hall, Taghum (near Nelson), 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Only a few spots left!Register Now – West Kootenay GatheringIn-person East Kootenay gathering: Tuesday, June 22, Centre 64, Kimberley (near Nelson), 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.Register Now – East Kootenay GatheringThis is a free event. Where the cost of attendance creates a barrier, WKRAC has funds available to support travel and participation. See application form for details.More Opportunities for Connection

    For BIPOC artists and administrators:Carla Stephenson of Rural Arts Inclusion Lab is facilitating a zoom session specifically to hold space for Black and Indigenous artists and administrators, and arts workers of colour, on June 12 at 2:00 PDT/ 3:00 MDT. If you are a BIPOC arts worker in the Kootenays, please join us. If not, please share with your colleagues. Register now.

    For arts, culture and heritage organizations:For arts organizations, there will be a zoom session on June 8 at 2:00 PDT/3:00 MDT. This is a chance for arts sector colleagues to regroup, assess where gaps continue to exist within our systems of support, and map out how we can help each other to serve artists and audiences more sustainably. Register now. 

    Maggie Shirley
    Outreach Manager
    West Kootenay Regional Arts Council
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  • West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

    We have several deadlines coming up, so make sure to take a look at these opportunities:

    1: Kootenay Festivals & Events Brochure: book your listing by March 10. READ MORE

    2: CKCA Arts and Culture Grants: 
    apply by March 3 or 10, depending on the program. READ MORE
    Register now to take part in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour if you’re an artist or an organization or venue focused on arts, culture and heritage. By having people visit your location and appearing in the tour’s brochure and website, you’ll expand the reach of your cultural practice—and may make some sales! The early bird rate ends March 31.READ MOREPLANNING FOR THE FUTURE TO HELP ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE THRIVE
    We have a new strategic plan! Our vision is to see the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council act as a catalyst to build capacity in the creative ecology so that arts, culture and heritage thrive throughout the region. READ MOREFOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
    To stay on top of the latest news about arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You’ll get timely posts about the opportunities we offer, whether they involve CKCA grants, ARTiculate magazine, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour or workshops for arts professionals. READ MORENEW FUND AVAILABLE FOR FAIRS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS
    The Province is providing $30 million to support B.C.-based events. Through the B.C. Fairs, Festivals and Events fund, the government is providing one-time grants in response to challenges the sector is facing. The deadline is March 3, so submit your application ASAP!READ MOREREAD MORE NEWS STORIES HEREFEATURE STORYFERNIE SPINNERS & WEAVERS GUILD COLLABORATES
    The group show by the Fernie Spinners & Weavers Guild entitled “Second Skin: Saving the Planet One Garment at a Time” is all about sustainability and the positive environmental aspects of handmade and locally produced garments. “The specific message is a reaction to the fast fashion industry,” says curator Laura Nelson. “Slow fashion is having a revival.” READ MOREREAD MORE STORIES HERESELECT EVENTS IN THE REGIONDROP-IN WATERCOLOUR NIGHTSThe Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s beginner-friendly drop-in watercolour workshops focus on removing the fear from trying watercolour and don’t require any experience. (Revelstoke)READ MORELADIES WHO SING: AN ODE TO SONGThis intimate evening performance features three unique songwriters in the Nelson community: Carly Dow, Liz Arnason and Sarah Orton. (Nelson) READ MOREBEYOND THE LEGAL LIMIT COLUMBIA BASIN TOURPat Henman’s story of loss, grief and recovery captured in her memoir Beyond the Legal Limit: Surviving a Crash with a Drunk Driver has been adapted for the stage with original music and songs. (Kaslo, Golden, Taghum, Creston)READ MORESUMMER YOUTH PRODUCTION AUDITIONSIt’s time to come out and audition for the Summer Youth Production at the Capitol Theatre. This year they are excited to be presenting Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical! (Nelson)READ MORESUBMIT A LISTINGDo you have an arts, culture or heritage event you’d like to tell everyone in the Kootenays about? Submit your item now!READ MORESEE ALL EVENT LISTINGS HEREThank you to our funders:FacebookInstagramWebsiteForward to a FriendCopyright © 2023 West Kootenay