Kootenay Art News

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Hiring 2 Interactive Dance Awareness Presenter-Coordinators

SQx Dance Company is looking to hire 2 Interactive Dance Awareness Presenter-Coordinators (starting as soon as possible). Candidates do not need to be trained dancers. While SQx is a professional dance company, being trained as a dancer for this position is not necessary. However, having an interest or curiosity in art and culture is required. Because the project is touring, accommodation is provided, so it works well for those that might be out of our area in South Slocan.


Call for Entry from The Fort Gallery

Dear Artists,

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, The Fort Gallery is hosting "Postcards from Canada", an exhibit of original postcard-sized (4" x 6") works of art from across Canada. Artists of all ages and stages are invited to submit.

Mail postcards (envelope optional) to the gallery by June 15, 2017. All cards will be exhibited in The Fort Gallery June 28-July16; images will be posted on our website June 28- August 31. Postcards will be auctioned off online and proceeds, after expenses, will be donated to Canadian Feed the Children First Nations Nutrition Program.

The Fort Gallery is a community-based, nonprofit, artist collective located in historic Fort Langley.

PO Box 685
9048 Glover Road
Fort Langley, BC
V1M 2S1

Thank you,


The first intake of Columbia Basin Trust’s new Built Heritage Grants is now open.

In February, the Trust announced its $6.75-million commitment to a three-year partnership with Heritage BC to establish the capital grants program and the Heritage Support Program. The Built Heritage Grants will support the preservation, rehabilitation, and/or restoration of built heritage assets in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

Registered non-profit societies, registered federal charities, local governments and First Nations may apply for funding.

Application deadline for this grant intake is May 4, 2017. Organizations that are considering applying need to contact Heritage BC by April 27, 2017 to discuss their projects before submitting an application.

Full details on what projects are eligible and how to apply are available at ourtrust.org/builtheritagegrants


March 15 - 2017 (COLUMBIA BASIN) The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) invites members of the arts, culture and heritage community in the Columbia Basin to join its volunteer Steering Committee. The CKCA is a representative body of the arts, culture and heritage communities across the Basin, and manages and administers arts, culture, and heritage funding programs on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 14 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, one from the Valemount area and two from the Heritage sector. CKCA represents all the disciplines in the arts (visual art, music, theatre, dance, film/video and literary arts), culture and heritage; therefore, it is important to provide broad representation on the Steering Committee. CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth or cultural diversity.

Steering Committee members are elected for two-year terms and represent the broader needs of arts, culture and heritage sectors in the Basin rather than individual arts councils or heritage organizations, or the communities in which they live.

Nominees to the Steering Committee must have a strong background in arts, culture or heritage, should have experience in working on boards/committees and must understand the needs and issues of the sector in order to develop funding programs/policies and adjudicate proposals. Members are expected to attend at least two meetings per year in various locations in the Basin.

Nominees to the CKCA Steering Committee do not have to be members of any organizations, but must be nominated by their local community arts councils or by the Heritage Federation of South East BC (HFSEBC).

Each eligible arts council may put forward only one nomination. If there are more arts council nominees in each region than seats available on the Steering Committee, regional elections will be held in the beginning of April. The HFSEBC may put forward one nomination this year. The HFSEBC nominee will be elected at its annual AGM. It is recommended that nominees (if elected) will be willing to attend occasional arts council or HFSEBC meetings to stay in touch with local/sector issues.

Currently, community arts councils eligible for nominating representatives to the Steering Committee are:

  • West Kootenay: Arrow Lakes (Nakusp Area), Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo (including Ymir), Slocan Lake (Silverton/New Denver) & Slocan Valley, Trail & District.
  • East Kootenay: Creston, Columbia Valley, Cranbrook and Sparwood and District.

All other communities/sectors currently have a sitting Steering Committee member.

For more information on the nomination process, please contact your local arts council or call CKCA at 1-877-505-7355. For more information on CKCA, please visit www.basinculture.com. Deadline for arts council nominations is 5 pm PDT, Monday, April 5, 2017.


NANAIMO March 5, 2017 - The Federation of British Columbia Writers is hosting a four-day spring festival in Nanaimo April 27-30 that will bring Giller Prize nominees and top BC writing talent to the city. The theme of the festival is "The Stories That Find Us" -- a diverse exploration of what compels writers to write what they write and tell what they tell.

The festival’s affordable schedule includes a wide range of fun events that will appeal to writers of all abilities and genres. From master classes to workshops, evenings of gala entertainment, a day-long poetry retreat, indigenous story-telling and drumming, a Saturday publishing fair, blue pencil sessions with authors, scheduled writer hangouts, sidewalk games that include an intriguing poetry "treasure hunt" -- the list goes on.

Scheduled writers:

  • poet, novelist and Giller Prize nominee Steven Price
  • two-time Giller Prize nominee Kathy Page
  • Canada Reads finalist and 2011/12 MacEwan Book of the Year winner Angie Abdou
  • novelist Jennifer Manuel (whose novel The Heaviness of Things That Float has been shortlisted for the 2017 BC Book Awards’ Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction)
  • mystery novelist and twice Arthur Ellis Award nominee Rachel McMillen
  • award-winning poet and Victoria Book Award nominee Carla Funk -- and more

Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and 2015 Victoria Book Prize winner Julie Paul will be reading new work in "If I Tell You This" - an evening program that juxtaposes their mode of storytelling with that of Nanaimo master storytellers Margaret Murphy and Rachel Muller.

Free "Living Room" sessions scheduled in comfortable venues every day will provide opportunities for writers to join a circle and read a short (three-minute) poem or prose excerpt. "Write Ins" are opportunities for writers to hang out, network -- write together then go for a cup of coffee -- and form new friendships with writers from all over BC.

Blue Pencil sessions with experienced BC authors and poets will offer opportunities for writers to get valuable feedback on a couple of pages from a work in progress. The two-hour meet and greet on Friday afternoon will be a networking extravaganza.

And all these activities are taking place in venues within a block of one another -- and within a block of the waterfront -- in downtown Nanaimo. Writers can find the complete schedule (and register) at the FBCW website (bcwriters.ca). Some hotel discounts are available.

The Federation of British Columbia Writers is a provincial non-profit organization with more than 700 members that provides support and services to BC writers (members and non members), organizes workshops and events and produces a quarterly magazine, WordWorks (accessible in libraries and online). Read it or register for FBCW membership at bcwriters.ca.

Media wishing to schedule an interview with one of the artists or organizers can contact Ann Graham Walker at anngrahamwalker@gmail.com

Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues

Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 12 - 13, 2017


Grant Writing Workshops

January 30, 2017
Free Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Writing Workshops


January 16, 2017
CKCA and the Trust announce 2017/18 programs Columbia Basin – Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations—are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts, Culture and Heritage Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Changes to the BC Society Act


Law For Non Profits

The new Societies Act is here. Today we launch our free on-demand Webinar on Vimeo, and information about the Law for Non Profits Transition Hubs.

Here is a one-page flyer with the links and information. Please forward to your network, or print and post where it is relevant for others:



January 8, 2016

Columbia Basin Trust commits 15 per cent increase to support local projects

(Columbia Basin) – Community projects will be getting access to more funds this spring through Columbia Basin Trust’s popular Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs. The Trust announced a 15 per cent increase from $3.6 million per year throughout the Basin, to over $4.2 million per year for each of the next five years.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with local governments and First Nations to identify local priorities and deliver benefits to Basin communities," said Neil Muth, President and CEO. "The ultimate goal is to support the projects that are important to residents, and we know this increase will help communities do more."

Started in 1998, these programs are the Trust’s longest running granting programs designed to help address the needs of Basin communities. The Trust distributes funds to local government and First Nation partners once a year, and communities then use various methods—from local council decisions to votes from residents—to decide which projects will receive grants.

"We are very pleased that CBT has decided to increase the funding for this program," said Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee. "Over the past 18 years, the program has provided significant support for many community projects that could not have proceeded without the funds provided by the Trust, and these projects have really benefitted our residents and improved their quality of life in many ways."

"From Better Babies to seniors programs, educational initiatives, environmental projects and community hall renovations, the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs have provided critical support to a broad range of projects that have directly benefited the residents in our communities," says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. "Every year we are over-subscribed, and the increase in funding is fantastic news as it will allow even more people to benefit from these valuable programs."

The new five-year commitment totals over $21 million and extends to 2021.

To learn more about the programs and view upcoming deadlines visit cbt.org/cipaap.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs: Annual Funding 2016/17–2020/21

All areas receive Community Initiatives funding, while the communities and areas around the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa reservoirs which were most affected by the construction of the Treaty dams, also receive Affected Areas funding.

Local Government Annual Funding
City of Revelstoke $404,269
Ktunaxa Nation Council (four bands) $144,900
Shuswap Band $36,225
Regional District of Central Kootenay $1,486,213
Regional District of East Kootenay $1,197,531
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary $354,973
Town of Golden $325,562
Village of Valemount $261,950

Breastfeeding Art Expo : Call for Artists

The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a three year arts and health project that will celebrate and support breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region (Thompson Cariboo Shuswap, the Kootenays and the Okanagan). Artists will work with a team to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through a variety of art forms (e.g., art panel, a sculpture, a 3-D photographic display, or even filmed dance or theatre). We want to hire approximately ten professional artists

If you are an artist interested in being part of this project and you live in the Interior Health region, please go to our website www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca to read details about the project. If you are interested in applying go to the "CALLS" section of the website and download the application form. The deadline is February 27, 2015 at noon.


We also want to hire a videographer (or videographer team) to create a series of vignettes to capture the Breastfeeding Art Expo Story. To apply, see the "CALLS" section of the website and select "Call for Videographer".

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to www.breastfeedingartexpo.ca or contact the Project Coordinator: karen.graham@interiorhealth.ca or call 250-868-7846

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News

Six Artists and 150+ Creative Acts

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Six Artists and 150+ Creative Acts  June-8-17 Castlegar – On June 16, the Kootenay Gallery will host the opening of an art exhibition 150+ Creative Acts. This exhibition, featuring six Kootenay artists, is a component of the Gallery’s larger community … Continue reading

Learning Experience: Local Not for Profits & Charities Attend Free Seminar

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Learning Experience: Local Not for Profits & Charities Attend Free Seminar A Learning Experience: Local Not for Profits and Charities Seminar Driven by our purpose to “assist business and not for profits in achieving their goals”, LLT Chartered Professional Accountants, … Continue reading

Finding Your Voice – A Writing Workshop with Keith Liggett

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Trail & District Arts Council News

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

  Thursday, June 15 Music in the Park presents TRAIL MAPLE LEAF BAND 7:30 pm, Gyro Park Bring your lawn chair and a donation (minimum $2.00 suggested) Music in the Park kicks off it’s season with the Trail Maple Leaf … Continue reading

Economic Development Wrokshop

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Economic Development Workshop Elected officials are invited to attend a FREE one-day workshop on June 16 to learn more about regional economic development models and implications for the Basin-Boundary Region. This event explores economic development models and best practice approaches … Continue reading

Music BC News

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

October 11 and 12th Music BC will be heading to Toronto bringing 4 BC bands for a Music BC Industry Showcase and Mentorship in partner with MRG Events and Canada’s Music Incubator.  This is the latest addition to our How-To Series.  APPLY … Continue reading


  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

CALL FOR ENTRY: LIGHT Presented by the Vancouver Metal Arts Association at the Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC October 19 – November 12, 2017 The Vancouver Metal Arts Association is excited to announce a call for entry for … Continue reading

The 10th Anniversary Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret!

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The 10th Anniversary Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret! Aliens with Benefits: A Cabaret for the (Pre existing) Human Condition Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23 The Capitol Theatre 8 PM Tickets $20 in advance / $25 Door (http://capitoltheatre.bc.ca/) The … Continue reading

Creston Christmas Art and Craft Market

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Creston Christmas Art and Craft Market Creston Christmas Art & Craft Market application forms are now on the Arts Council website!  www.crestonvalleyartscouncil.ca   see under forms. Get started today – Apply for your spot at the Christmas Art & Craft Market. … Continue reading

Export Navigator Information Session – Trail

  Thursday June 08, 2017     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Export Navigator Information Session Learn more about an exciting new pilot program that supports Kootenay Boundary businesses! In partnership with CFDC, Trail and District Chamber of Commerce and KAST the LCIC is hosting an Export Navigator Information Session, 12:00pm-1:00pm on … Continue reading

Every 3rd Tuesday each month.

Arts Council Members Meeting

7:00 pm in the Library Resource Room.

Every 2nd Tuesday each month.

Arts Council Directors Meeting

10:00 AM at the Chamber of Commerce.

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