FINAL Call for Artists and Venues – 2020 Columbia Basin Culture Tour

August  8 & 9, 2020
10 am – 5 pm

Participating individuals and venues must be located in the Canadian Columbia Basin (roughly bordered by the communities of Valemount, Golden, Elkford, Creston, Rossland, Arrow Lakes and Revelstoke). Although not in the Basin, the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake are again invited to participate this year.

Deadline extended to June 15!
Registration fee lowered to $20
SPECIAL RATE to make the event more accessible given COVID-19 impacts

The Culture Tour 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 connects you with locals, develops a wider audience and educates the public about what you do. It’s also an opportunity for you to market your activities, sell your work and attract visitors to your community.

As a venue, you can exhibit, sell, demonstrate, perform, read, show special interpretive displays and offer archival visits to enthusiastic guests.

The Culture Tour 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!


  • $20: Registration special rate – normally $60

* Click the details link below for more information.
* For questions call 250-505-5505, or e-mail Lily Andersen at


The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and is funded by Columbia Basin Trust who support the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin.

Thank you for your time – please contact us at the CKCA if you have any additional questions.


Lily and Krista

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Call for Participation: Sector Impact Surveys


Hello WKRAC members, arts councils and Kootenay arts organizations,

All sectors are looking at ways to survive the pandemic. Part of that work is communicating to governments and funders about the impacts and needs in the sector. Arts, culture and heritage are very vulnerable at the best of times as we are very reliant on funding support, have lower than average wages, higher than average contract workers and very thin margins. With the restrictions and uncertainty about revenue streams and (if possible) re-opening, our sector is facing serious challenges.  

Therefore, it is extremely important to participate in sector impact surveys. In BC the primary collector for arts and cultural activities is the GVPTA survey. They have had low participation from rural BC so far– if we are not counted, funders will not consider our needs! Although the organization is theatre focused, the GVPTA survey is for all arts disciplines, artists, arts workers, cultural organizations, and museums across B.C.

 Surveys & Income Loss Tracking & Reports (for orgs. & individuals)

I know it is a stressful time, this adds a bit more work, and / or you may be uncertain about the total impacts so far, but it is important we all participate asap so our sector can receive  appropriate support.

Please share this info with orgs and artists that have been impacted.

Take care, be kind to one another and stay safe,

Krista Patterson
West Kootenay Regional Arts Council
Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin
Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance
Columbia Basin Culture Tour

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2020 Culture Tour Venue Registration Deadline June 15

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How to Present a Festival / Multi Artist Live Stream Event


in partnership with the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

How to Present a Festival / Multi Artist Live Stream Event

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Online via zoom
Space is limited – pre-registration is required. Registration closes June 8.

Are you an arts presenter, organization or festival wondering how to present your event online via livestream in response to COVID-19?

Join us June 9, 10 am to 12 noon for an online workshop led by Kristen Sunde, Bay Area creative consultant and digital festival facilitator. This event was postponed from June 2 in support of #theshowmustbepaused

This event is free for to all arts organizations and festivals in the West Kootenay region (maximum of 2 people per organization). Space is limited so register soon!

**some spaces still available  – now open to Kootenay musicians too

Click on the link below for more event details or to register.

Details & Registration HERE!

Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund for sponsoring this timely event!

We look forward to “seeing” you at the workshop.

Registration Contact: Lily Andersen, West Kootenay Regional Arts Council
General Event Info: Nelson District Arts Council 250-354-8177

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Heritage BC: Free Webinars • Heritage Awards • Reopening Resources

heritage bc update

What you will find in this edition:

  • Four free webinars, including two this week (link)
  • BC Heritage Awards (link)
  • Recovery, Tourism and a Special Offer: join a new marketing initiative (link)
  • Falling through the funding gaps? Help us make the case for additional funding support. (link)
  • Re-opening and COVID-19 responses resources (link)
  • Funding opportunities (link)

To read this edition, click here.

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Nelson Library celebrates 100th birthday with a Writing Contest

The Library isn’t just a place to find stories—in celebration of its 100th birthday, the Nelson Public Library wants to collect new ones in a writing contest open to all ages. There will be prizes, and stories will be published on the library website. The deadline for submissions is July 12.

Creative written storytelling methods are encouraged, including stories and anecdotes, poetry, and comics. Memories, such as funny or quirky moments at the library or the ways the library has had an impact are all welcome. People can answer the question, “What did the library mean to you during COVID-19 isolation?” or get imaginative with “What will the Nelson Public Library of the future look like in 2120?”, among other prompts. Submissions must be 500 words or less.

“A library’s story is not just about the building, the books or the library staff, but it is about the community it serves,” says Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien. “We would love the community to tell us their stories to help us better tell the library’s story.”

Prizes will be awarded in two story categories (Best Story and Most Creative Story) in three age categories (Children, Adult, and Teen). Contest prizes have been generously donated by the Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District. Winners will receive a $50 gift card to a local business, but all entries will be considered for Touchstones Nelson historical exhibition this fall, or in its companion book.

“We’re excited to hear what library users want to share,” says Therrien. “We hope people will have a lot of fun with this.”

Guidelines for the writing contest can be found at Email submissions to or mail to 602 Stanley St., Nelson BC, V1L 1N4.

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CBC News : Jingle dress dancers honour George Floyd at site where he was killed

Indigenous people in Minneapolis supporting Black Lives Matter cite similar struggles

Lenard Monkman · CBC News ·

Jingle dress dancers held a ceremony at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday,  the place where George Floyd was killed by police last week.

Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“The jingle dress dance is such a beautiful and powerful action to take… It has this deep spiritual meaning and power behind it,” said Tara Houska, who attended the event.

Houska, Anishinaabekwe from Couchiching First Nation in Ontario, is a tribal attorney and community organizer with the Giniw Collective, a pipeline resistance group.

Houska said people from different cultures who were there to pay their respects to Floyd joined in to observe the ceremony.

“To see the women bringing that power and that connection to that space, I think it meant a lot to the community of all colours.”

To read the full article, click here.

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CBC News : Music industry hits pause to reflect amid racial inequality, police brutality protests

Beyoncé, Rihanna speak out; Ariana Grande joins demonstration

Leading record labels will mark “Black Out Tuesday” this week, suspending business and working with communities to fight racial inequality after protests erupted in the United States and beyond following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.

Several top artists have also spoken out in response to the death and subsequent demonstrations, some of which have turned violent.

“We stand with the black community,” Universal Music, part of Vivendi, said on its Twitter account, which featured the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.

To read the full article, click here.

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