Wood Gundy Fully Sponsored Residency at Hidden Creek


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Kootenay Artists’ Teaching at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

Kootenay Artists’ Teaching at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

Artists Deborah Thompson & Natasha Smith are teaching as part of the 2017 Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts (MISSA).

The MISSA campus is located in a British Columbia rain forest, on the West coast of Canada. The campus, with its dorms and classrooms are sheltered among old growth trees, perched alongside the Salish Sea. The beauty of the natural environment makes for a magical place to gather almost 400 artists every summer to live and work in community and be inspired.

The MISSA has a reputation of offering transformative learning experiences through instruction by a local, national and international faculty of practicing artists. Specialized courses are designed for professional artists, teachers and serious adult students. Participants have options to stay on or off campus, and course fees include daytime meals (lunch and two snacks) and supply fees are unique to each course. You can take one course or back to back courses.

” I am very excited about spending time teaching at MISSA, it offers a unique, creative experience for both instructors and students.” says artist/instructor Natasha Smith.

Smith is offering a 5 day workshop in the first week of MISSA June 26 – June 30: Collage Painting: Visual Storytelling. For more information or to register:  https://missa.ca/workshop/collage-painting-visual-storytelling/

Thompson is offering a 5 day painting workshop in the 2nd week of MISSA July 3 – July 7: Painting With Two Minds: A Process Workshop. For more information or to register: https://missa.ca/workshop/painting-with-two-minds-a-process-workshop/
Get creative this summer and getaway to Metchosin on Vancouver Island. https://missa.ca/


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Culture Days Update

2017 Culture Days

NEW Participation Guide for 2017

GET READY. START PLANNING. We’ve done a substantial refresh on the Participation Guide, it’s now easier to use for planning and organizing your Culture Days activities. Get inspired, find all the Culture Days resources and promotional tools on offer and use the check list to make this your best Culture Days experience ever! Download the 2017 Participation Guide to learn more.


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Alliance News

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The Alliance is proud to present REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativityfeaturing 18 great minds sharing insights insights on connections between creativity, innovation and progress. Speakers include American arts administration maverick Ben Cameron and Toronto theatre visionary Franco Boni.

REVOLUTION takes place June 8, in Vancouver, at VSO School of Music and The Annex. Check out the Schedule at a Glance here.

To register, click here.


Revolution 2017


Hot Off the Blog: Brenda Leadlay’s REVOLUTION Workshop is All About the Ways We Can All Become Effective Arts Advocates

REVOLUTION Programming Update: Brenda Leadlay on “Leading the Way on Arts Advocacy” 

Brenda Leadlay presents her workshop “Leading the Way on Arts Advocacy” at REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, the Alliance’s annual conference on June 8.
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Richmond Arts Award Winners Include a Bee Preservationist and a 91-Year-Old Entertainer 

Six awards were granted by the City of Richmond in collaboration with Richmond Arts Coalition on May 16.
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Vancouver Art Gallery Hosts Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium 

The Vancouver Art Gallery will host Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium, from May 18-19, 2017. The Symposium will consider how contemporary art and its institutions participate in the construction and experience of Asian diasporas in Vancouver and elsewhere, beginning with a keynote address by Dr. Vishakha Desai.
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New Arts and Culture Hub Centre Opens in Salmo 

The commercial hub, which opens May 20, includes “everything from Village art windows, a Village art and culture garden, a unique reclaimed building materials and salvage boutique, custom upholstery shop, tattoo shop and art studio.”
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City of Vancouver Seeks Tenants for Downtown Arts Studio Space 

The City of Vancouver is looking for a non-profit arts and culture organization (or partnership) to operate and lease a new 10,872 sq. ft. artist production studio facility for nominal rent. Located in downtown Vancouver at 1265 Howe Street, the purpose of the space is to provide affordable, shared artist production space for 20 or more Vancouver-based artists.
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2017 Okanagan Arts Awards Winners Announced 

The 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards were presented Friday, May 12 in Kelowna. Winners include Janet Anderson, Matt Rader and Julia Trops.
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In Case One Day Isn’t Enough to Contain Your Museum Love: It’s BC Museums Week  

BC Museums Week, which runs May 14-21, 2017, celebrates the contributions of museums, galleries, historic sites, and other related heritage organizations to BC’s communities and economy.
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Let’s Make Some Noise: Join the Alliance to Create Arts Day at The Legislature, Says BC Museums Association  

A special advocacy issue of BC Museums Association’s quarterly magazine, Roundup, includes a piece by Jill Baird, which encourages the museum community to rally behind key initiatives of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.
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Canadian Heritage Matches Over $1 Million in Funding Raised by Vancouver Opera 

The Ministry of Canadian Heritage announced that it would invest $1,077,694 in the Vancouver Opera Foundation as part of a matching grant program.
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New Faces at the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture! 

We’re pleased to introduce our new staff, including director of communications Nancy Lanthier and Indigenous outreach coordinator Shawna Kiesman.
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Vancouver City Council Puts Forward Motion for New Creative City Strategy 

The motion comes as the existing Culture Plan, established in 2008, comes to the end of its ten-year term.
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Act Now: Nominations for the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards Close May 18 

Celebrate those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in Vancouver by submitting a nomination for the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The deadline for nominations is noon on May 18, 2017.
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Time to Be Creative – 150 Creative Acts

Time to Be Creative!

150+ Creative Acts

150 + Creative ActsCastlegar is Creative!

Time to get creative. We are encouraging everyone in the community and the area to take some time to create as a way to celebrate our country and our originality.

The first event, the Project Launch and  Student Public Art is on May 26 starting at 11:00 in Spirit Square, in front of City Hall. The event continues with a tour of three Stanley Humphries student public art projects beginning at 12:15 in front of the fence at Mitchell Supply Ltd. The tour requires vehicles so we encourage folks to car share.

On May 29 at 11:00, there will be an opening of student art by Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre at Crumbs Bakery. The art will be up at the Bakery through June.

The heart of this project depends on you, the community. We are challenging everyone to do one or more creative acts before July 29.  Please let us know what you are doing and send in photos. We will share on our website and in social media so be sure to check out what your friends and neighbours are doing to celebrate Canada through creativity.

Our Facebook site, 150 Creative Acts. is up and looking for followers. We will be following soon with Twitter (@150_acts) and Instagram (@150creativeacts).

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Idealware update


In a technology planning workshop I recently led, a skeptic raised her hand. “Why bother going through this planning process,” she asked, “when we have so little time and money for technology improvements?”

“That,” I told her, “is precisely why you need a technology plan.”

A plan lets you know where you are going. It reminds you what you are not going to do right now, and helps you make the most of scarce resources by focusing on what’s most critical.

For one nonprofit I worked with, moving to the Cloud turned out to be more critical than they ever imagined it would be. Salem WEST provides critical services to a small community in Minnesota, including a soup kitchen, donated household goods, and a thrift store. A key recommendation in its 2014 technology plan was to invest in online file storage to create shared access among its three locations. The organization completed its plan, and in early 2017 went on to implement a web-based system to manage program data.

“On March 1, 2017, by an act of arson against our neighbor, Salem WEST burned to the ground,” Outreach Director Greg Meyer told me. “We lost everything. We literally were not able to save a thing. I can tell you right now that this ‘Cloud’ that I never put much stock into proved to be our salvation.”

Salem WEST had just installed new computers and begun to use a new database, he said. The fire destroyed everything, but within 24 hours, a local service provider had recovered all data and loaded it onto his laptop.

“We were back in business,” Meyer said.

Thanks to planning and acting on their priorities, Salem WEST was able to survive a disaster with their files and data intact, and minimize disruption to their services. Is your nonprofit similarly prepared? From security breaches to fires to disgruntled employees leaving with passwords to social media accounts and databases, there are any number of catastrophes that could befall your organization.

We’re working on research to help you prepare and prioritize that we hope to make available next month. Until then, as our research reveals horror stories—and success stories like Salem WEST—I wanted to encourage you to make sure that you’re one of the latter. I hope you never need a disaster plan, but if you do, I want you to be ready to implement it.

We’re also on the verge of releasing some new research into using text messaging for program delivery and a workbook to help your organization create security and bring-your-own-device policies. We’ve got a lot of launches planned for the next few months and are excited to share our work with you.



PS Speaking of security and disaster planning, in June we’re offering a training called “Raising Your Online Security IQ.” Can you detect a phishing scam or a clever attempt at social engineering? How strong are your passwords? Do you know how to keep people from spying on your phone? This training, designed and led by Joshua Peskay of RoundTable Technology, will help you spot threats and teach you how to reduce the risk and protect your data. It runs from 1 to 2:30 PM on Thursday, June15. Learn more or register now.

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Fred Stenson offers critique sessions at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Fred Stenson copyright Greg Gerrard-1.jpgFred Stenson offers critique sessions at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

For the second year in a row, Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival will provide the opportunity for 10 local writers to receive one-on-one feedback on their work from a noted Canadian author.

Alberta novelist, screenwriter, and educator Fred Stenson is this year’s writer-in-residence for the Holley Rubinsky Blue Pencil Sessions, named for the late Kaslo author whose bequest has made this possible. The sessions will be held at the Nelson Public Library July 6 and 7.

Registration opens June 10 at www.emlfestival.com. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Registered writers will be asked to submit in advance a project description and up to 2,500 words of fiction, creative nonfiction or screenwriting for discussion and critique in a 40-minute one-on-one session with Stenson.

In addition to the Blue Pencil Sessions, Stenson will give a public talk on the writing craft on Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 pm in Room 310 of Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts, 606 Victoria St., Nelson. Admission is by donation.

Stenson has written 19 books and 150 films and videos. He was director of the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre for 15 years and served as the 2015-16 writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. His fiction titles include Who by Fire, The Great Karoo, Lightning, and The Trade, which won three Canadian literary prizes and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. The Great Karoo won the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His guide for fiction writers is titled Thing Feigned or Imagined.

The 6th annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival runs July 6 to 9 in Nelson. This year’s featured presenters include Stenson, novelist Joy Kogawa, First Nations author Lee Maracle, and the Globe and Mail’s Western Canada cultural correspondent Marsha Lederman. For the complete schedule and event tickets go to www.emlfestival.com.

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