Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues

Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 7 & 8, 2021

a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Bavin Studios – Ryan Bavin at work

Columbia Basin – Call for entry: registration is now open for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place August 7 & 8, 2021, from 10 am to 5 pm. Help us make the 13th anniversary tour the best yet!

The CBCT is a self-guided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge to the general public. “Arts” 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, sell your art, and attract visitors to your community.

The CBCT lets visitors visit artists’ studios that may not regularly be open to the public, purchase work directly from artists, and visit galleries, museums and cultural centres to view special displays, archives, demonstrations or performances. It is also a chance for them to meet the people behind the scenes that are such a vital part of our local culture.

Full colour tour directories will be available free of charge to the public as a guide to visit your location. Signage, posters and postcards are provided to promote your participation. Display ads and media coverage widely promote the event, and your web page profile will remain for the rest of the year to list your contact info and business hours outside of the event.


Register by Mar 31 and save!

$20.00: Early Registration (registration received by March 31)

$25.00: Registration (registration between April 1-April 15)

Participating individuals and venues must be located in the Canadian Columbia Basin, the southeast corner of British Columbia 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.

To register visit: For information call: 1-250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and is funded by Columbia Basin Trust, which supports the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Columbia Basin.

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CKCA and the Trust announce 2021-22 programs

Columbia Basin – Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts and culture organizations—are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts and Culture Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust.

The Trust has a longstanding partnership with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as representing the interests of the arts and culture community in the region.

“The pandemic has been a challenge for artists as well as arts and culture organizations. This year, the funding cycle will again support the creation and dissemination; and like we’ve seen over the past 20 years, the direct positive impact on emerging artists and arts and culture organizations”, said Stephanie Fischer, CKCA Chair. “As arts and culture continues to positively impact community resilience, the Trust’s continued investment in arts and culture through the CKCA is the bedrock for the arts to thrive and to enrich the lives of all residents of the Basin”.

For 2021-22, CKCA is receiving $750,000 from the Trust to directly support arts and culture projects. Funding is available for individuals and groups through the following programs: funding through community arts councils; minor capital arts projects; touring; arts and cultural mentoring / master classes; major project arts; artists in education; and an art presenting and creation program for organizations. Applications are adjudicated once a year by local arts councils and the CKCA Steering Committee. Funding also supports the development of a regional arts and cultural publication and the popular Columbia Basin Culture Tour, which will occur in August 2021.

“We are pleased to partner with CKCA to support artists and strengthen the arts and culture sector,” said Michelle d’Entremont, Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Together we are supporting and growing arts and culture in local communities and contributing to the vibrancy of Basin life that so many of us enjoy.”

Visit, for more information about programs and application procedures. Please note, applications will now be submitted online for most programs. Call CKCA at 250.505.5505 or 1.877.505.7355 for any additional questions.  

CKCA applications must be received by March 5 or March 12, 2021, depending on the program.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about Trust programs and initiatives, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.

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Keep in the know about our upcoming events!

Trail & District Arts Council is looking for a Bookkeeper and Finance Person

The Bailey Theatre is pleased to invite applications for the part-time position of Bookkeeper and Finance person beginning mid March 2021. The Finance person’s primary responsibility is to manage all bookkeeping and accounting for the Trail Arts Council and the Bailey Theatre.

The Trail and District Arts Council (TDAC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster the arts in Trail and District by providing services and resources to our local affiliated arts, cultural, and heritage organizations. TDAC also manages the Bailey Theatre in Trail BC under agreement with the RDKB.

TDAC has been presenting shows for over 50 years and are committed to bringing diverse and well-rounded professional programming and events to the region.

Send a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position tothe Trail and District Arts Council by email at

Applications must be received by Monday March 8.

Hours: 8 Hours a week
Wage: $25-30 /hour
More details.

Upcoming Shows

All of the shows below are currently planned as live events for a live audience of 50 people.
However, due to the ongoing Public Health Order event details and dates may change and shows may be moved to live streams and on demand shows only.

Tickets are $15 to $35, dependent upon the show, and may only be purchased online at or by phoning the Box Office at 250-368-9669 from Monday to Friday between 12-4 pm.

Each show is for an intimate group to keep to a maximum of fifty people.

Anyone attending will have to adhere to our safety protocols to ensure social distancing and to prevent mingling. We will also be giving out full refunds to anyone who can no longer attend if they feel ill.

No physical tickets will be issued for our 6 Beats Apart performances. Please print your receipt and bring it with you to the show.

Our 6 Beats Apart Series is sponsored by Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Century 21, McEwan Law, Trail Beer Refinery and Teck Metals Ltd. Our programming is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, Canadian Heritage, and the Vancouver Foundation.

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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Executive Leadership: Application deadline is March 4th!

The deadline to apply for the Executive Leadership program is Thursday, March 4th, 2021.

The goal of this program is to provide mentorship and career development particularly for those who are interested in leading large arts, culture and heritage institutions, creating an opportunity to diversify our leadership and allow for aspiring leaders to access established arts leaders from large Canadian cultural organizations. 

This one year program is open to 10 arts leaders across Canada who will be paired with key leaders in the arts sector. These leaders will act as your mentor, providing leadership, advice and counsel, as well as sharing valuable knowledge and insight to support your professional development and facilitate valuable networking opportunities. 

Meet the Mentors

Our Executive Leadership program offers an exciting opportunity for current arts leaders to gain valuable mentorship from their peers in larger organizations and to help build social capital. Introducing a few mentors:

  • Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions and Collections/Chief Curator of
    Remai Modern
  • Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada
  • Lynne Skromeda, Executive Director of Winnipeg Folk Festival

Who should apply

  • Current or former executive directors (within the last 3 years) or the head of a major department within art, culture or heritage organizations in a paid permanent capacity,
  • minimum of three staff members,
  • minimum of three years of consistent programming history,
  • and an operating budget of at least $700,000. 

Learn More

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Call for Applicants: WEDGE RESIDENCY for early-emerging artists

CAG and Ground Floor have teamed up to create WEDGE RESIDENCY, a new residency program for early-emerging artists.

Vancouver – The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) and Ground Floor have teamed up to create WEDGE RESIDENCY, a new residency program for early-emerging artists located in the North Gallery at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. CAG and Ground Floor operate as uninvited guests on the ancestral and sacred lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, lands which were never ceded or surrendered. 

An early-emerging artist is broadly defined by Ground Floor as an artist of any age with minimal experience or access to opportunities within arts institutions, who demonstrate a commitment to their practice and a desire to engage with a larger community. In addition to those who identify as artists, this may include those who identify as curators, writers, community-based practitioners or creatives in any field. 

This self-directed residency will provide participants with a stipend, semi-private studio space, and support to further develop their practice, as well as the opportunity to expand their connections to a wider arts community in Vancouver. Applicants currently in need of space are encouraged to apply. 

Over the course of the residency, participants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with artists/curators about their practice, build on their professional skills, develop a public-facing initiative, and gain insight into the framework of both an established institution and a DIY art collective. 

Who should apply

  • Those who self-identify as early-emerging artists. This may include post-secondary students and recent graduates, self-taught artists and artists newly revisiting their practice
  • Those with a desire to further their involvement in a greater community context (arts or otherwise) 
  • Those who are currently in need of a studio space in Vancouver

We welcome applications from those over the age of 18 currently living in Metro Vancouver. Both individuals and collectives are welcome to apply. 

Given limited ventilation in the space and a close proximity to CAG’s galleries, preference will be given to applicants whose work does not involve hazardous materials, a need for ventilation, or loud noise.

For more information, click here.

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Amplify BC Fund Renewal 2021: We need your help!

A letter from the Executive Director, Music BC Industry Association

Dear music industry colleagues,

As many of you know, Music BC has been leading the lobby efforts for the renewal of the Amplify BC fund since its inception, and now we are seeking your letter of support for a long-term investment in the program.

Amplify BC was established after two years of the BC Music Fund (BCMF), implemented in 2016 which injected $15m over two years into the BC Music economy, providing a significant return on investment across the Province economically and culturally. With the current government, the BCMF was extended and rebranded as Amplify BC, a $7.5m one-year investment, currently under the stewardship of Minister Melanie Mark (Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport). 

The government’s creation of Amplify BC for the Music Industry in 2018 has been key to driving the success and retention of British Columbia’s music creators and professionals over the last three years. As a result, the fund has been instrumental in bringing investment into the province by companies both large and small. 

Since the beginning, these music funds have been earmarked under the Province’s discretionary budget versus a fixed line-item in the budget. We are currently in our third year of the Amplify BC program, and until the fund becomes a fixed line-item investment in the provincial budget, we will continue to seek your annual support for a renewal so we can collectively express how imperative this investment is in ensuring a prosperous future for BC’s music economy.

How can you help?

Draft a personal letter of support for the renewal of Amplify BC and include the following:

  1. Name, job title, and (if applicable), company + number of people employed + brief company overview.
  2. Personal stories with examples of how Amplify BC has helped further your business and/or musical career to date. Include metrics such as: Employment (jobs created), Economic, Social and/or Cultural Impact, Private and Public funding leveraged as a result of your Amplify BC support.

    For example: “We have been fortunate enough to receive $X in support through Amplify BC to support X project/initiative, which allowed us to do X”.
    Example metrics to consider: Did support through Amplify BC (see programs listed below) allow you to do the following: Leverage private or public funds? Hire any new positions in BC? Expand your company’s services and/or revenue? Expand your business internationally? Grow your audience? (Fans/Festival attendees/Venues), Grow your online streaming numbers/social media or physical sales? Secure a label or publishing deal, management or a booking agent? Was there a label advance? What is your projected revenue, royalties and so on because of these new developments? 
  3. Answer the question “What would a three-year investment in Amplify BC mean for the recovery of BC’s music sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?”
  4. And finally, state your recommendation for a three-year commitment of the Amplify BC music fund at $7.5m per year ($22.5m total) in order to continue along a path of recovery to rebuild a strong, sustainable, and economic future for the music industry in BC.
  5. If possible, include a virtual meeting request with your MLA to discuss your letter of support for a three-year investment of Amplify BC by the province.

Still need suggestions on how to build your letter? See other talking points and rationale here.

How to address your letter:

To your MLA,
(link to MLA finder here:

– Hon. Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport
– Hon. Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance
– Bob D’Eith, Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film, MLA
– Lindsay MacPherson, Executive Director, Music BC Industry Association

When should these be submitted?

The province is undergoing budget planning as we speak, so time is of the essence! We kindly ask that if you are planning to support the effort for the renewal of the Amplify BC fund through an ongoing investment from the province, you do so by emailing your letter by March 19th, 2021.

To read the full call for support, click here

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Kootenay Gallery Newsletter


Former Kootenay Gallery Executive Director and Slocan Valley resident, Lou Lynn has been honoured for her artistic achievements. Lynn has been awarded the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft. As Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts, the Saidye Bronfman Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the fine crafts in Canada. Congratulations, Lou.

Governor General Award Winners 2021


Our board has welcomed two new members to its ranks. Kathleen Elias is the Executive Director of Kootenay Society for Community Living. Darryl Zol is employed with the RDCK. Both of them bring skills and experience that will add to the strength of the Board of Directors. Thank you, Darryl and Kathleen!

To read the full newsletter, click here

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Nelson and District Arts Council ArtWalk 2021 – 33rd annual event

Photo by Bobbi Barbarich Photography

Artist submissions open Monday, March 8th and close on Monday, April 19that 5pm

Two openings: Friday, June 25th and Friday, July 23rd.  

The Nelson and District Arts Council is proud to be continuing the long tradition of hosting ArtWalk, an event that has been instrumental in supporting local artists for over three creative decades. ArtWalk 2020 was hosted as a fully virtual event to keep our community safe while still supporting local artists. We will continue with our virtual openings in 2021, across our social media platforms, on Friday, June 25th and Friday, July 23rd. There will not be physical events associated with these openings unless the provincial health order changes.

If you have participated in ArtWalk previously as an exhibited artist, you know how easy the Nelson and District Arts Council makes your experience. If you are new to ArtWalk the Arts Council will be there to assist you. The support you are given as a participating artist is just one of the reasons artists continue to participate in ArtWalk. We feature professional artists, but emerging artists are encouraged to apply as ArtWalk is a wonderful place to experience a first showcase, from the application process, to communicating with venues and showing and selling work, our ArtWalk team NDAC will fully support your process so that you can go on to apply at other galleries and art shows.

ArtWalk has a wonderful reputation for having top-quality artists in beautiful local venues. This year a hybrid model will be created, with both online and in-person galleries. Artists who are comfortable with physically hanging their work in venues will have the potential opportunity to do so, and artists who wish to show their work in a virtual sphere will also have that option. Venues will have the opportunity to select their artists from a list of incredibly talented artists.

Details and applications will available on the Nelson and District Arts Council website on Monday, March 8th, or you can contact this year’s ArtWalk Coordinator,

Stephanie Myers at 250.505.7410

Deadline to apply for artists and venues is Monday, April 19th at 5pm.

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Mini culture conference for the West: March 4

Start 2021 off with a conversation. Join CCNC’s new 2-hour conferences for you and your neighbouring culture workers. 

You are invited to the Western Canada Regional Dialogue Session

Thursday, March 4, 2021 9:00AM (Pacific)  |  10:00AM (Mountain)

Learn More

Host Brent Oliver will coordinate the Western Regional Dialogue Session for CCNC members and non-members working in BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. 

Topics for this session include:

  • Reopening municipal venues
  • Public live experience events post-pandemic
  • Municipal cultural policy moving forward
  • Community groups and relations after COVID

Special Guest Nancy Duxbury will join for a Q&A about her research in the fields of cultural planning and mapping, creative tourism, and culture work in rural and remote communities. Her recent article (read here), CREATOUR project (watch documentary), and recent interview on the CCNC mini podcast series (have a listen) each offer a wealth of information and unique perspective to revitalize your focus going into another challenging year in the sector.


Members can join for FREE!

Non-members: $25.00 registration fee*

*Non-members who attend Regional Dialogue Sessions will receive a $25.00 voucher to put towards membership with CCNC. If this fee is a barrier for you, please contact to apply for an event bursary. 

To view the full invitation, click here.

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AGOG presents Jamie Kroeger’s “A Part of Place”

We are proud to welcome Jamie Kroeger with her exhibit A Part of Place to AGOG. Due to Covid restrictions, we won’t be able to host a reception for Jamie. But, please make a plan to visit AGOG over the next month and come take a look!

Jamie Kroeger is a prairie farm kid turned mountain girl who relies on wilderness, science and culture for ideas and motivation. By means of a multidisciplinary approach, she translates the relationship between people and their environment into object based narratives, using an integration of material, process and concept to further portray the story. After education in the Environmental Science field and with the Canadian Avalanche Association, Jamie chose to embark on an entirely different career path. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design (Jewellery + Metals major, BFA with Distinction) in Calgary, Canada (2017) and was a student in the Jewellery and Silversmithing department at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland (2015). Most recently, she has completed a Masters of Fine Art in Medium and Material Based studies at the Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, Oslo, Norway. She is currently teaching full time in the Jewellery + Metals department at the Alberta University of the Arts, in Calgary, while maintaining her own personal practice here in Golden, BC. Her jewellery artwork has been exhibited internationally as well as within Canada.

About the exhibit, Jamie writes: “We often rely on science and economics to delineate the relationships that exist between components of an ecosystem. Value is generated by concrete statistics or data, but often doesn’t take into consideration the valuable aspects of observation, storytelling, transfer of knowledge, emotional connection, religion and belief. My work is a visual exploration that outlines another facet of understanding our (the humans) place within the natural world. The objects created, and what they represent to myself and others, have the potential to question the way and tell the story of how society, specific cultures and individuals value the outside environments they choose, or inherently inhabit.

“This collection of work (created over six years of art education) is based primarily on observations, stories and my own lived experiences with the outdoors. Retreating to indoor workshops allowed the opportunity to reflect on my time spent outside and realize that all the highs and lows it brought, fundamentally affected how I make art and approach the problem-solving situations within it. Through material, process and concept, I research what solidifies a relationship with the natural world, but also how the changing ideas of “place” have the ability to transform individuals into compassionate communities, believing nature is integral to well-being.”

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Chamber Newsletter February 2021

New funding for businesses to launch online

The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and our partners with the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership(Community Futures, KAST, Selkirk College) have been working with business to expand their online presence. Given the changes in how we are doing business these days, it is imperative for long term business sustainability that our bricks and mortar locations begin to pivot to allow for an increased online presence, with a goal of getting into ecommerce. So it is welcome news that part of the recovery money being rolled out allows for businesses .to begin that transition. 

Last month, the provincial government announced the new Launch Online Grant program: designed to help over 1,500 eligible small and medium-sized BC businesses adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and pivot to market their products online. 

The program is based on a first come, first-served basis and will run until March 31, 2021 or until all funds are distributed.

These grants will provide business owners, including those in hard-hit sectors such as retail, tourism and restaurants, with up to $7,500 to build or improve their online store and promote BuyBC at a local, national and international level.

Grant recipients can use the funding for a variety of online-related expenses, including pictures, creating an online inventory system, advertising costs, subscription costs of an e-commerce platform and training staff to manage the website.

As part of the program, successful applicants must use one or more local BC service providers to complete their online store.

Eligibility criteria for businesses include having:

·     a goods and services tax number and paying taxes in BC

·     generated sales of more than $30,000 in either 2019 or 2020

·     one to 149 employees (applications can be submitted by sole proprietors)

·    repeatable products, or in the case of artists and jewellers, individual items that have slight differences (e.g., paintings and rings)

Learn more and apply here.

Small Business Recovery Grant

The Chamber continues to advocate on behalf of business to ensure small and medium sized business have access to senior level of government assistance. The business network is pleased changes were made to eligibility criteria.

The changes have simplified the application process and streamline criteria. Businesses that have already submitted applications do not have to reapply, and their applications will be reviewed under the revised criteria. Key changes include:
Lowering the requirement for the amount of time a business had to have been in operation from three years to 18 months.
• Removing the requirement to list a number of remittance accounts such as GST, PST, and WorkSafeBC registration numbers.
• Extended the grants to sole proprietors with fixed costs.
• Expanding the revenue requirements to include businesses that continue to earn 30 percent or less in revenue.
• Streamlining the required recovery plan to a two-page form.
• Increasing the total amount of funding to $345M from $300M, which includes a $100M envelope for the tourism sector and a top up of up to $15,000 for tourism businesses.
The program is already providing targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in BC.

The program runs until March 31st, 2021, or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first. More information, including the online application, can be found online at

Need financial assistance to hire new staff? Check out WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy Program

WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy Program (WS) provides financial reimbursement to employers who hire and train eligible job seekers.

This subsidy can often be the incentive an employer needs to hire someone who is a good ‘fit’ for their organization but requires on-site training to do the job. With the WS program, the new worker gains skills and experience as well as employment, and the employer gets financial support needed to train their new hire.

The amount of wage subsidy depends on how much training is needed, but typically starts at 50% and tapers down to 15% of the new worker’s wage over 24 weeks.

For details on the Wage Subsidy Program, and many workforce employment program contact your local WorkBC office at  Kootenay Career Development Services.

To read the full newsletter, click here.

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MusicBC E-News 2/25/2021


We are excited to announce the next instalment in our How-To From Home Digital Series! Join us on March 12th when we sit down with industry members, promoters and event producers to reflect on the state of the concert business one year on from lockdown.

Hosted by Tyler Bancroft (Said The Whale, Be Good Artist Management) our forum will reflect on how virtual performances have become the main vehicle for artists and DJs to connect with their audiences and communities, and answer the questions – are these presentations here to stay? How has the industry evolved, and what are the latest tools & strategies to entice viewers? Where are we now, and how far have we come?

The Virtual Performance Age – Where Are We Now?
Industry Forum For Artists & Online Presenters
March 12th, 2021 @ 11AM (PST)
Tickets $10 ($5 for Music BC members)

Thank you to Creative BC, The Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this event.



Earlier this week BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Alliance presented 8 artists at Folk Alliance International’s Folk Unlocked virtual conference. We’d like to say thank you and well done to our BC artists The Crescent Sky and Tonye Aganaba for their epic performances!

Missed the showcases? Watch them on our YouTube Channel now. 

Are you an artist interested in being considered for a virtual showcase at an upcoming music conference? We are accepting applications now for our showcase at Canadian Music Week. 

Thank you to Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and the Government of Canada for their support in this initiative. 


There are still more Let’s Hear It! Live – Digital Concerts in this year’s series. After a successful transition to an all-new digital format in 2020, Let’s Hear It! Live will stay true to its mission to provide performance opportunities to unsigned, unmanaged or independent artists while showcasing these performances to a selection of BC Music Industry representatives.

Our next showcase will celebrate International Women’s Day, featuring a incredible emerging female artists from BC, curated in partnership with Women in Music BC.

Please note applications are accepted on a rolling deadline. Artists need only submit one application to be considered for the series.


To read the full newsletter, click here.

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Alliance Mail / Coming up from the Alliance, BC Touring Council, Actsafe and more.

Register Now! On the Road Ahead Touring Workshop, March 6 & 7 
The BC Touring Council invites BC based aspiring emerging artists, agents and managers to join us for the online edition of On the Road Ahead as we engage in conversation about what touring and presenting will look like as things open up. This pay-what-you-can event will feature panel sessions and presentations on a wide range of topics to help you get prepared to head back out on the road when it is safe to do so. Space is limited. Register here.

Sign up FREE for On the Road Ahead Learning Labs March 11, 18 & 25
Sign up for one or all of BC Touring Council’s FREE On the Road Ahead Learning Labs for BC based aspiring artists, agents, managers and associates where we’ll focus on topics: recording, working with a producer, agent & manager, playing festivals, working with Indigenous artists and communities, accounting, grant writing and funding. Sign up here.

Filing Your Taxes? Starting a Podcast? We Can Help

Feeling the need for some good, productive skill-building? Why not register for one of our 2021 Spring Workshops. Here’s a couple that are especially well-suited (but definitely not exclusive!) to individual artists.

On March 10, Tax Relief: COVID-19 Support and More with Marianna Scott will cover the fundamentals of taxation for self-employed individuals, with an emphasis on artists and craftspeople. After completing this workshop, the participant will be armed with the tools to be organized, track revenues and expenses, and make tax preparation as painless as possible. If you’re a self-employed artist or craftsperson who dreads tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you.

Want to get into podcasting but aren’t sure where to start? Maybe you’ve started, and want to improve? Getting Started with Podcasting with Robert Ouimet will give a novice podcaster a leg on up on how to prepare, produce and launch a podcast. That happens Wednesday, April 7. Robert’s one of the minds behind our Digital Ladders program and a great podcast creator in his own right, so we can’t wait for him to share his wisdom.

You can learn more and register for all of our workshops here. The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is committed to making our programming accessible to all. If the cost presents a barrier to you, or if you have any questions or needs around accessibility, please email Joyce Wan at or let us know in the registration form.

We hope you enjoy learning with the BC Alliance this Spring!

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March Newsletter – Find out what’s happening

Local Arts and Culture Grants 2021

It’s that time of year again! Even with the continuation of Covid-19we are pleased to be putting out the call for applications for the MAC Local Arts and Culture grants. Application forms and guidelines will be available at the office and via email. We encourage applicants to think of how events can be made to follow the current health regulations.

Deadline:  April 9th/2021

Happening Now: ‘See Here Now’

SEE HERE NOW is Robin LeDrew’s retrospective show covering over half a century. There are pictures from her early teens when she tried to illustrate her own stories right up to current images for a recently finished novel. There are pictures from nearly every decade from the fifties to the present. “Bushed” is the theme of her show finished just before the lockdown in 2020. Many tiny watercolours are for $5 as a fundraiser for the Monashee Arts Council. 
A silent auction painting, “There’s Cooper!”, is a fundraiser for the Monashee Community Coop.

Call for Photographers! You shoot photos, don’t you?

Digital cameras and I Phones have opened up the whole world to amateur as well as professional photographers. Such a beautiful and magical world! The Monashee Arts Council is sponsoring a photo competition and show for the month of April 2021. Anyone from Lumby, Cherryville, Lavington and Whitevale can enter. There are three age categories:  under 14 years, 15-24 years, and adult. Entries will be juried by local photographers Bruce Borrowman, Dale Eurich, and Mikayla Appleby. As well as prizes for each category, there will be a prize for People’s Choice determined by visitors to the Village Gallery which is hosting the show.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Monashee Arts Council and the Regional District of the North Okanagan the Village Gallery has been able to continue its tradition of solo and group shows that feature community artists and crafters. As well, thanks to support from the Arts Council of BC, MAC has been given resources to sustain community education and mentorship. During the show in April, local photographer Colleen Fielding will be available to discuss how she makes commercial products using her original photography. The jurors will be able to critique the entries if requested.
Applications for entry will be available starting Monday, March 1, 2021 with a deadline of Saturday, March 27 at 3:00 pm. Each entrant is allowed up to 3 photos with a $2 fee for each entry. The requisite size is 8” x 10”; borderless prints are preferred. For display purposes, photographs must be backed by foam board or cardboard. Self-adhesive backings can be purchased for $4 each at the Village Gallery (1975 Vernon St Lumby – Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm).

Have you gotten your Bateman Nature sketchbooks?

Come pick up your free Bateman sketch book (available at the Village Gallery) and take part in a nationwide project in honor of the nature artists 90th birthday.
Remember to share your sketches with the #mynaturesketch let’s show the beauty of the Monashee’s and the talent of our local artists!
The Monashee Arts Council will also be hosting a show in May based around this event

Did you miss a show?
Check out our new Virtual Shows! Explore the shows so far of 2021 in our new interactive shows. Shows can be found on social media or look HERE 

Need Art Supplies?

Hey Artists! Do you need more supplies? Don’t want to travel far? The Village Gallery is getting ready to order our first big order of Art supplies and we want you input.
Come in and look at the Catalogue and price list and let us know what kind of supplies you would like to see the Gallery carry OR set up your own special order!
Deadline for orders to be in is March 13th
Special orders will require a %50 down payment of the total order

Membership Renewal

Don’t forget that it’s now time to renew your memberships for 2021; you can find more information at;
Get Involved 

We Need You!

Monashee Arts Council is in need of members willing to volunteer to keep the Arts alive in our community! So if you are interested in helping promote local art and fostering an atmosphere that nurtures upcoming artists, the Monashee Arts Council can use your organizational skills and other talents. Join us and ensure our organization remains a meaningful addition to this community!

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Psychic Landscapes

The 2021 exhibition season at the Kootenay Gallery of Art opens with shows that contain contrasts that may inspire and challenge the viewers. The season offers many community favourites, such as Young Visions, as well as a roster of both local and national artists.

Starting off the season, the East Gallery will feature work by Castlegar resident, Angèle Karosi. SubTerrane is “a visual exploration of consciousness and intuitive creation”, according to the artist. Karosi has created several large scale canvasses using charcoal, ink and acrylic that immerse the viewer into a world that feels both familiar and unfamiliar.

“Resolute” by Angele Karosi (Acrylic on Canvas). Photo submitted.

Karosi states “These experiences may inspire a sense of discovery and excitement, like walking around a new city, or feelings of isolation and discomfort, like being caught at dusk on a dark path disappearing into the forest.”

In the West Gallery, Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben pairs her traditional culture with contemporary consumer culture. Gruben has stitched a wide array of items into translucent, papery segments of beluga whale intestine, which she dried herself according to a traditional process that has now fallen into disuse.

The work, entitled Consumed, contrasts not only the traditional and contemporary but asks us to look at the very nature of consumer items, such as disposable plastics that end up in the fragile Arctic ecosystem.  Which of these might we find repulsive and why?

Detail from “Consumed” by Maureen Gruben. Photo by Kyra Kordoski

These two visually-striking shows will be exhibited from March 5 until April 17. Because of COVID guidelines, there will be no formal opening for either show. Masks are mandatory and everyone is asked to stay at a safe distance from other visitors.  Watch for an artist interview with Angèle Karosi that will be posted on the Kootenay Gallery website and on Facebook and Instagram at a later date.

The Kootenay Gallery is located at 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar. It is across from the airport, between the Doukhobor Discovery Centre and the West Kootenay BCSPCA. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact us at 250 365 3337, email or visit the website at Admission is free for members or by donation.

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CanadaHelps: Reduce receipting stress, master fundraising tools, and invest in donor relationships

From the first time someone gives to you, you have the opportunity to grow a relationship that contributes to your charity’s long term success. This month, we’re bringing you the educational resources and tools that will help you refine your donor management practices and build stronger donor relationships.

Tax Time: Resend Tax Receipts, Any Time

Most donors who give to you through CanadaHelps receive a tax receipt right after they make a donation. But sometimes, tax receipts are misplaced or forgotten.

If your donors need you to resend their receipts, you can use the Resend Tax Receipt feature in your CanadaHelps charity account. In four easy steps, you can make sure your donors have their receipts on hand for tax season.

Read our blog to learn more or log in to try it out!


Don’t have an account yet? Register for free to start using our online fundraising tools!

Free Webinar On-Demand: Fundraising in 2021: The Tools You Need to Master

Online fundraising has never been more important, and we’re here to set you up for success in 2021. In this webinar, our CanadaHelps fundraising experts show you how to use your tools to host virtual events, engage your supporters online, and simplify giving through your website.


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The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Spring 2021 artist grants.

For this open call, we have increased grant awards to $3,500.

We are offering 2 grants in the amount of $3,500 and 4 grants in the amount of $1,000.

Grants will be awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

The Hopper Prize was established in order to increase the recognition of artwork created by artists and photographers. Our aim is to advance artists’ careers by providing them with unrestricted financial support that is coupled with a platform for increased visibility. We accept submissions twice a year via an open call.

We are currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 grant cycle.

Program Highlights
Total Awards: $11,000.00 USD for visual artists
$3,500.00 – 2 artists will each receive a $3,500 (USD) grant
$1,000.00 – 4 artists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) grant
30 artists will have their work archived at
A selection from the submissions will be featured on our Instagram feed @hopperprize
Additional exposure will be available to winners through our Journal: Insights into Contemporary Art

Connect with Curators
We collaborate with contemporary curators holding prominent positions at major institutions in order to select our grant winners. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. Jurors for the Fall 2020 awards are:

Selby Nimrod
Assistant Curator
MIT List Visual Arts Center


María Elena Ortiz
Pérez Art Museum Miami

Our jurors will be selecting 6 artists from our open call who will each receive an unrestricted cash grant.

2 artists will win $3,500 and 4 artists will win $1,000.

The jurors will also select a shortlist of 30 artists who will have their work archived at

Grant awards are unrestricted and may be used any way the recipients choose.

When submitting your work, you will have the option to opt-in to be considered for possible Instagram features on our feed @hopperprize, where we currently reach an audience of over 55k. Our editors will be featuring select submissions on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.

In addition to grant awards, our shortlist, and Instagram reach, we will be providing an additional platform for exposure via our online Journal Insights Into Contemporary Art. We launched this digital publication to give artists a new channel to amplify their voice while providing an in-depth look at their work, practice, and background. Grant recipients and shortlisted artists will all receive the opportunity to publish an interview to include any work of their choosing as a means of providing continued support beyond the open call.

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media.

We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.

Recent Winners
We support artists working in all media, from diverse backgrounds, in wide-ranging geographic locations. Recent grant winners include:
Akihiro Boujoh, Utrecht
Joey Solomon, Brooklyn
Lynnea Holland-Weiss, Cleveland
Susan Chen, Hartford
Yannick Lowery, Philadelphia
Andrea Ferrero, Mexico City
Christopher Desanges, Boston
Dominic Hawgood, London
Kira Dominguez Hultgren, San Francisco
Vikesh Kapoor, Sunset Pines
Adrian Coleman, London, United Kingdom
Trish Tillman, New York, New York
Nicholas Moenich, Brooklyn, New York
Elena Bajo, Los Angeles, California
Vanessa da Silva, London, United Kingdom
Mark Baugh-Sasaki, San Francisco, California
Genevieve Cohn, Bloomington, Indiana
Sydney Cook, Baltimore, Maryland
Jinyong Park, London, United Kingdom
Isabel Yellin, Los Angeles, California
Alex Callender, Northampton, Massachusetts
Alicia Eggert, Denton, Texas
Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Juan Giraldo, New York, New York
Maja Ruznic, Los Angeles, California
Letitia Huckaby, Benbrook, Texas
Tracy Kerdman, Saugerties, New York
Lebohang Kganye, Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher Meerdo, Chicago, Illinois
Erik Parra, San Francisco, California

May 18, 2021

Simple Application
We made our grant application simple to reduce the stress of submitting your work and save you time. The application is short and can be completed in under 20 minutes.
To apply for a grant, you only need to submit this information:
Name & Email
Instagram Username (optional)
Up to 10 Image or Video attachments
Artwork captions
Artist Statement & Biography (optional)
$40 submission fee

Apply Now
Show us your work at

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Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts: Arts Research Monitor 19.5

Situation of artists, arts workers, and arts organizations

In this issue: Insights into the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts and culture sector, based on four Canadian sources.

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey: Individual Report

Published by a consortium of 30 arts service organizations, January 2021

Conducted in November of 2020, this survey received responses from 1,273 artists and arts workers across Canada. The survey finds that 71% of respondents were working less in the arts and culture sector in November than before the COVID-19 pandemic, including 12% who are no longer working in the sector.

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey: Organizations Report

Published by a consortium of 30 arts service organizations, January 2021

This Canadian survey received responses from 728 arts organizations in November of 2020. There has been a major increase in stress and anxiety levels during the pandemic: 31% of organizational respondents reported very high levels of stress and anxiety in November of 2020, compared with just 3% before the pandemic.

2020: The Year One in Four Arts Workers Lost Their Jobs

CAPACOA, January 15, 2021

This web article, based on data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, defines “arts workers” as workers in “arts, entertainment, and recreation industries”. There were 336,100 workers in arts, entertainment, and recreation industries in 2020, a figure that is 25% below the 2019 level (450,500).

Survey: Financial and professional situation of Quebec musicians

La Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec, October 2020

This survey received responses from 755 professional musicians in Quebec in October of 2020. At the time of the survey, a large majority of respondents (72%) indicated that they were only able to undertake less than 25% of their usual work at the time. This includes the 31% of respondents who were unable to undertake any of their usual work.

To read the full issue, click here.

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UNRAVELING: Nonprofits, COVID-19, and the Fabric of BC Communities

With the newest evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC’s not-for-profit sector, we are reminded of just how critical and delicate the vast web of relationships are that make possible the wellbeing of our communities. Our sector and the people we serve continue to tread water in this deepening crisis. Even with vaccines on the way to immunize much of our population, the challenges we are facing do not currently have an end in sight. The restrictions put in place to slow down the spread of the pandemic will continue to challenge the strength of individuals, the institutions that support them, and the economy in which they co-exist. How should we respond?

Adapting and supporting the sector to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic

At Vantage Point, we know that healthy and sustained not-for-profits are the cornerstone to community resilience and wellbeing. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have transformed every aspect of our organization to meet the evolving needs of not-for-profit leaders across the province. Just like our peers in the sector, our team has also been stretched to the edge of its capacity. But we have remained true to our values and committed to our mission to convene, connect and equip not-for-profit leaders in BC.

The new UNRAVELING Report reminds us that “the future health and vitality of our province depends on the not-for-profit sector being able to continue balancing the space between governments and the private sector to address unmet community needs and interests. This ongoing crisis will impact the not-for-profit sector–especially smaller organizations, arts and culture organizations, sport and recreation organizations, and organizations serving racialized people– significantly over the long term if thoughtful support isn’t provided.”

To read the report, click here.

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Deaf and Disability Arts Practices in Canada | Canada Council for the Arts

The Research, Measurement and Data Analytics Section of the Canada Council for the Arts engaged the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a research team to carry out a study on Deaf and disability arts practices in Canada. [1]


The results of the study derive from the researchers’ review of pertinent literature and interviews with artists and cultural workers. Their report offers a broad picture of Deaf artists and artists with disabilities in Canada, their artistic practices and latest innovations, and related findings concerning accessibility, equity, self-determination, and support.

Based on the experiences and viewpoints of the artists and cultural workers consulted, the report offers best practices to the arts sector grouped according to five major hurdles: funding; accessibility; cultural representation; communications; and equity, diversity and inclusion in cultural, artistic and media milieus.

Release of the research report and overview – Deaf and Disability Arts Practices in Canada – ASL Video

This video, presented entirely in ASL, announces the release of the report and the overview of the study Deaf and Disability Arts Practices in Canada.

CLICK HERE to watch the video, download key findings, and learn more about the research.

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  • ReachOut! Whistler – Stand Together For Mental Health
  • Teeny Tiny Show deadline for submissions approaching!
  • LIFTing the Community
  • Picturing Pemberton – art exhibition
  • Monthly Featured Artist: Dave Petko
  • Whistler Has Heart display
  • Audain Art Museum Tuesday Night Talks
  • Hear and Now: 3 premieres left!
  • An interesting read: Creativity Tips From 5 World-Famous Artists
  • What’s on the horizon?

Whistler Community Services Society and Arts Whistler have partnered for ReachOut! Whistler
A campaign to raise awareness and funds for mental health and wellbeing programs, with the help of a beautiful locally designed enamel pin.

Jackie Dickinson, Whistler Community Services Society’s executive director, stated, “Whistler Community Services Society is proud and honored to be part of this powerful collaboration with Arts Whistler. The goal of this initiative is to create hope and resiliency as we start 2021 and raise awareness around mental health and the strength of accessing support.”

Buy a pin!

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK!Exhibit | March 11 – May 1 | Maury Young Arts Centre (Covid regulations permitting)

The Teeny Tiny Show opens March 11, 2021. Get excited to see these spectacular mini masterpieces created by Sea to Sky artists.

Maximum number of pieces per artist:
4 pieces maximum – Arts Whistler will show at least 1 of each artist’s works. If we do not have space for all of them, they will be stored and as work sells and is removed from the wall it will be replaced with the additional submissions.

Exhibit dates and deadlines:
Artwork must be dropped off to the front desk of the Maury Young Arts Centre by February 28, 2021.

Submit now!
FORM SUBMISSION DUE: Sunday February 28, 2021.


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