2017 Columbia Basin Culture Tour Call for Venues – Early Registration Deadline Approaches


Call for Entry: Artists, Cultural and Heritage Venues

Early registration deadline approaches March 31 
Registration is open for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT).
The CBCT is a self-guided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge to the general public.
Full colour tour directories will be available free of charge to the public as a guide to visit your studio, exhibition, museum, art gallery, cultural center or heritage site during this special weekend event. And yes, “artists” includes visual, written, performing, media and inter-arts!
Participating as a venue allows you to really connect with locals, develop a wider audience, educate the public about what you do, market your activities, sell your work, and attract visitors to your community. It is an opportunity to exhibit, sell, demonstrate, perform, read, show special interpretive displays and offer archival visits to enthusiastic guests.
The CBCT is also a chance for visitors to meet the artists, curators, historians and volunteers that are such a vital part of our Columbia Basin culture!

Register by Mar 31 and save!

  • $40.00: Early Registration (by Mar 31)
  • $50.00: Registration (between April 1-April 13)
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Vantage Point – Tips on Running an Effective AGM

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Tips on Running an Effective Annual General Meeting

With Special Guest Michael Blatchford

We have legal expertise in the recording studio for this month’s podcast, Tips on Running an Effective Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Michael Blatchford, lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright, shares his depth of knowledge on the most frequent questions we receive on AGM-related issues: AGM agendas and preparation, requirements of notice to members, impact of the new Societies Act, quorum, proxy voting, taking AGM minutes, and required filings after the AGM.

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Master of Management in International Arts Management

We are currently recruiting for the 5th cohort of our Master of Management in International Arts Management. Our program may be of interest to staff of arts organizations you are in contact with, especially those people who are looking for a Master’s program and who are interested in working internationally.

The MMIAM program, offered jointly by the School of Arts at Southern Methodist University, HEC Montréal’s UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management and the SDA Bocconi School of Management, is the first to specifically focus on the international aspect of arts management. It is offered entirely in English in three different cities (Dallas, Montréal and Milan) and thus far, has welcomed students from 18 different nationalities. The program offers generous merit-based scholarships, and the tuition includes airfare between Dallas–Montréal–Milan, as well as airfare plus hotel accommodation for a 10- to 12-day campus abroad in Bogota, Colombia.

Click here to download the PDF brochure. Please feel free to distribute it.

Thank you in advance for circulating this information. Should you need more details, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Professor François Colbert

Co-Director, Master of Management in International Arts Management

Chairholder, Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management


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Hill Strategies – Local Arts & Culture Statistics

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Local arts and culture statistics

Volume: 15 Issue: 10

In this issue: Four Canadian projects that examine local data related to the arts, culture, and heritage, including benchmarks of local cultural spending, an assessment of the state of local infrastructure, as well as local reports on arts participation, arts investment, artists, and disaster recovery.


  • Based on municipal submissions that have been reviewed by their peers, this report compares municipal expenses related to 36 service areas, one of which is culture. In 2015, the median overall cost for cultural services in the eight cities was $26.84 per capita. Expenses for cultural services were highest in Montreal ($43.79), followed by Ottawa ($33.21) and Toronto ($31.81). Median grants for the arts, heritage, and festivals were $8.86 per capita, again highest in Montreal ($23.16), followed by Thunder Bay ($17.59) and Ottawa ($9.70).

  • Informing the Future

    Based on a survey of 120 municipalities, this report examines the state of municipally-owned infrastructure in seven sectors: buildings; sport and recreation facilities; roads and bridges; transit; potable water; wastewater; and stormwater. The buildings sector includes “community centres and cultural facilities”.

  • The Ottawa Insights series examines key data related to various “themes” that are important to local quality of life, including the arts and culture. The report provides information related to four areas of the arts and culture: Public participation; Programs and facilities; Investment in the arts; The arts and recreation economy.

  • Two recent reports about the arts and culture in the Alberta Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (i.e., Fort McMurray and area) resulted from three research streams: 1) a telephone survey of a representative sample of local residents; 2) an internet survey of local artists and arts organizations; and 3) a literature review regarding the arts and regeneration after a disaster.

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Oxygen Art Centre News

oxygen_logoCall to participate: KISSING PROJECT

We are seeking volunteers from the Nelson community to be part of the ‘KISSING Project’

Event takes place on April 7th and 8th – you can be part of Nelson’s future!!!

Did you know that the City of Nelson has one of the most culturally diverse communities in Canada! –

Artist-in-residence, Sylvia Grace Borda, wants to capture this embracing spirit among those who call Nelson home!  She is interested in using the idea of the “kiss” as a welcoming symbol to profile the richness of Nelson’s community, and to excite a local and global audience in Nelson as a featured destination!

Sylvia’s idea for the project was inspired by an archival photograph in the Touchstone collections. The photograph is an image of a Doukhobor couple kissing by City Hall in the 1950s. Sylvia believes this image is simply iconic and belongs on the cover of TIME or PEOPLE magazine! In her words, Nelson is not just a leisure or sports city, but a place of love, too. Can Nelson be the Paris of the North?!

Time Period for photo- shot : Kissing Project participants will be scheduled on one of the production dates of Friday April 7th or Saturday April 8th between 10am to 7pm. Participants will work closely with resident artist, Sylvia Grace Borda to capture a 360 degree portrait of a kissing pose. Couples of all sorts are encouraged – even four legged friends! Queer, straight, Gay…Family members! Diversity is welcome!

Note: Participants will receive their own artist copy of their kissing portrait as a keepsake of the event.

Portraits of Kissing Couples will be part of the Oxygen Art Centre exhibition of the Kissing Project with launch date of June 8th, 2017.

If you are interested please email us with the information listed below. ASAP to:

Please include the following information in your email.
-Name of Participant (First name and Surname):
-Name of person or pet you nominate as your kissing buddy:
-What is the relationship of your nominated buddy (partner, friend, mum, pet hamster, etc):
-Name a Place in Nelson’s city centre where you’d like to be featured:
-Why is this location is special to you?
-What is your availability on either April 7th or April 8th– please give date and time
-How can we reach you ?
Phone number:
Email address:

Contact for further information and inquiries – Oxygen Art Centre

320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
Or find us on FaceBook!

Registration closes soon for Spring semester courses!


Weekend Workshop – Beginner’s Brush with Deborah Thompson – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

2 classes: April 1 & 2, 12 – 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday

Course Description: This two day weekend workshop is a great opportunity to discover painting.
We will begin at the beginning! Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of painting through demonstrations and hands on the brush exercises in paint. The first day students will explore shape, mark, tone and space. The second day students will dive into the vary basics of colour mixing and theory as they apply it to painting. Both conventional and non-conventional approaches will be presented.

Course fee: $120  Material fee:  $30 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
Click here to Register


Writing FLASH! with Rayya Liebich – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

5 classes: April 3 – May 8, 6 – 8 pm Mondays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course Description: Explore the fun and trendy genre of flash fiction, which is defined as a story under 1,000 words. Also known as “short shorts,” “miniatures,” “sudden fiction”, “postcard fiction,” or “pocket fiction”, short writing is a wonderful way to tighten your craft and to pay attention to every detail in your writing and editing. We will practice writing both fiction and non-fiction (to include micro-memoirs and even Six-word stories) and read several examples by famous authors to draw inspiration and insight. Peer feedback and take-home tools provided each week. All levels and life experience welcome!

Course fee: $135  Material fee: $5
Click here to Register


Recreating the Everyday with Natasha Smith – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOW!

6 classes: April 4 – May 9, 5.30-8.30pm Tuesdays

Course Description: Explore various techniques to create interesting visual narratives employing mundane materials of the everyday. Broaden the range of materials used to create an artwork evaluating their inherent properties, current purpose and the potential to alter their form and definition. Through deconstruction, manipulation and combination, everyday materials can be transformed and combined using various techniques to create a shadow box, collage or small assemblage, sculptural works. Various artists will be reviewed that employ this popular contemporary art-making approach.

Course fee: $205 Material fee: $15 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
Click here to Register


Drawing Course – Pencil to Paper with Deborah Thompson (ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT!)

7 classes: April 5 – May 17, 5.30-8.30pm Wednesdays

Course Description: Pencil to Paper is a seven week drawing course. The emphasis of the course will be on the exploration of visual expression through drawing. The development of a foundation of drawing skills from modeling of an object in variety of light conditions to working with an object in space will be integral to the course. Students will build their drawings from a variety of sources including photographs, still life objects, other artists drawings and their imaginations. The use of colour in drawing will be introduced as part of an exploration on narrative drawing. Students of any level experience are welcome to join the course.

Course fee: $225  Material fee: $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
Click here to Register


Ease in the Spotlight with Bessie Wapp – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THIS WEEK!

4 classes: April 6 – 27, 7 – 9 pm Thursdays

Course description: Got a public presentation coming up? A new song, story, or comedy bit you want to perform? A speach or book tour? In a supportive & fun atmosphere, this class will use theatre games, vocal exercises, and role playing to build confidence & make presenting enjoyable. On the last class we’ll entertain an audience of invited guests.

Course fee: $110 Material fee $5
Click here to Register


Intuitive Painting with Kriya A.J. Shakti – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THIS WEEK!

5 classes: April 8 – May 13, 10am -12.30pm Saturdays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course Description: Intuitive Painting is a process art form; a fun and enriching journey of discovery that leads to unique, vibrant and expressive paintings. Process art releases all preconceived ideas and plans of the final result to embrace the creative process as a path to presence and authentic self-expression. This method combines painting principles and techniques with a playful, spontaneous and bold approach, which opens one to greater creativity and deeper intuition.

Course fee: $155  Material fee:  $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
Click here to Register


Intuitive Painting Studio with Kriya A.J. Shakti – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THIS WEEK!

5 classes: April 8 – May 13, 1.30pm – 4.30pm Saturdays
(No class Easter long weekend)

Course description: Designed for former and current Intuitive Painting students, this studio is an open space to deepen your painting practice and continue the playful exploration of discovery as you expand your creativity, highten your intuition and witness your unique visual language emerging through painting.

Course fee: $165  Material fee:  $35 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS
Click here to Register



1 class: April 9, 1-4pm Sunday

Course Description: Also known as found poetry or erasure, create a poem out of an existing text by removing words on the page to reveal a new message. Using old books, newspapers, magazines and more, have fun playing with the space on the page and get as creative and artistic as you desire. Who knew that blacking out with a Sharpie pen could become an addictive, satisfying, and expressive new habit? All levels, ages 10+ welcome!

Course fee: $55 Material fee: $5
Click here to Register


Art as Soul Medicine with Gabriel Keczan – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS THIS WEEK!

4 classes: April 23 – May 14, 2-5pm Sunday

Course Description: Art as soul medicine is an art-based group therapy course. This course is an exploration of spontaneous art making in the context of a supportive and therapeutic group setting. Art therapy has a focus on personal process and the intersection of conscious and unconscious dimensions of the artist’s creative and healing journey. We will play with art materials; be with what arises; and hold the process in a safe and supportive group environment as it relates to each artist’s personal journey. We will explore inter-modality by using creative writing and image dialogue in response to content and art objects that are created. No previous art experience required.

Participants are welcome to bring whatever materials they would like to use. Gabriel will provide an assortment of paints, paper, scissors, glue and some brushes.

Course fee: $145  Material fee: $25
Click here to Register

Summer Arts Intensive: Painting with 2 minds: A painting process workshop with Deborah Thompson

4 days: July 24-27, 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday

Course Description: Painting with 2 minds is a four day painting process workshop designed to engage artists of any level in exploring their creative process and in particular the workings of their analytical and intuitive minds! OR how do you get our creative juices moving along and how do we develop our visual language to create meaningful and resolved paintings. We will explore this dualistic quality of creativity through playful exercises, discussions and investigations. We will encourage these two minds to work together in supporting the making of a painting! Each day is designed to build upon the others as we layer our experiences, insights and processes towards a repertoire of tools from which we can invigorate our creative process. Each day will open with painting exercises and explorations and in the afternoon move towards critiques, slide presentations and time for self-directed painting. Sure to be a fun and engaging workshop!!

Course fee: $250  Material fee:  $30 + SEE LIST FOR REQUIRED MATERIALS

Click here for instructor biographies

Click here to Register

320 Vernon St (alley entrance)
250 352 6322
Or find us on FaceBook!

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FPCC loggFPCC is pleased to announce that $979,950 in grants have been awarded to Indigenous artists in B.C. through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA) and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts (AYEA) programs.

Of 111 applications received for the October 31, 2016 deadline, 76 projects were selected to receive funding for the 2016/17 program year. A full list of recipients can be found here: www.fpcc.ca/arts/Programs.

FPCC’s arts grants support Indigenous arts in B.C. through five programs: Individual Emerging Artists, Organizations and Collectives, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations, Arts Administrator Internships and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts. Proposals are accepted annually from Indigenous artists in B.C.

Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to their practice in any discipline – visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media arts – and can work in traditional or experimental forms.

Since 1996, FPCC has been delivering the AADA grant programs through a partnership with the BC Arts Council. Support for the program has also been provided by the New Relationship Trust (NRT) since 2009 and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies since 2013. In 2014, FPCC also began delivering the Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts (AYEA) program, which is intended to encourage youth participation in creative and artistic activity.


Each year, proposals are reviewed by peer adjudication committees, composed of expert artists and arts administrators who evaluate applications and select grant recipients through a rigorous assessment process. The AADA grants are one of the few sources of funding directed specifically toward Aboriginal and First Nations arts in B.C. Projects in all regions of the province, including remote communities, can access support that may otherwise be unavailable.

Indigenous artists and organizations in B.C. are invited to find out more about the AADA and AYEA grants by visiting www.fpcc.ca/arts.

The next deadline for all FPCC arts programs is October 31, 2017. Updated guidelines and application forms will be available on FPCC’s website in the summer of 2017.


Full Press Release


Arts Grant Recipients


  Cathi Charles Wherry
Arts Program Manager, First Peoples’ Cultural Council
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Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

How to make it in the new MusicMusicbooks

Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY (do-it-yourself) musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned.

How to Make It in the New Music Business
covers every facet of the “new” business, including how to:

·        Build a grass-roots fan base–and understand the modern fan

·        Book a profitable tour, and tips for playing live, such as opening vs. headlining etiquette, and putting on a memorable show

·        Become popular on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud

·        Get songs placed in film and television

·        Earn royalties you didn’t know existed and reach your crowdfunding goals

Introductory Price

Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape.
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NDAC 2017 ArtWalk Call for Artists and Venues


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Nelson and District Arts Council
2017 ArtWalk
Deadline for artist and venue application Friday April 28th
Opening Night Friday June 23rd

Are you a visual artist who wants to have an opening night complete with music, dancing and crowds of people admiring your talent and skill?
ArtWalk is for you.

Let the Nelson District Arts Council do all the heavy lifting. If this is your first show we take care of the promotion, securing the perfect space and filling the ‘seats’ with all kinds of art lovers. If you are an ArtWalk regular, you know how easy the ArtWalk Coordinator makes your job. The support you are given as a participating artist is just one of the reasons you come back again and again to the ArtWalk experience.
If you are a venue this is the perfect way to get people in your door that might not normally pass your way. Not only are you supporting local artists by showing their work but you are showing off your space and products.

ArtWalk is in its 29th year, with a wonderful reputation of having top quality artists in wonderful local venues. One of the best nights of the summer… fun, family, culture and beauty. An event that draws an audience of over 8000 and promotes the arts locally, regionally and provincially.

Details and application on the Nelson and District Arts Council website, http://www.ndac.ca or you can call this year’s ArtWalk Coordinator, Stephanie Myers at 250.505.7410.
Deadline to apply for artists and venues is Friday April 28th.

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