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BC Culture Days Call For Ambassadors - The Deadline Is April 22nd

2019 BC Culture Days - Creston

Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 27, 28 & 29. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate "behind the scenes" and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

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Province of British Columbia - Floods, Recognize The Dangers

Flooding is a common, naturally occurring event in B.C. Although it can happen at any time of year, the most severe floods typically occur in spring — known as freshet — or during fall and winter. This seasonal flooding is usually caused by heavy rain and snowmelt.

Homes may be at risk when flood water spreads to adjoining areas that are normally dry. Depending on the type and severity of flooding, it could take hours, weeks and potentially months for the water to recede and the clean-up to begin.

Be Prepared

Download the PreparedBC: Flood Information for Homeowners and Home Buyers guide (PDF, 2.22MB) to learn about protecting your home and property. 

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Columbia Basin Culture Tour – 2019 Call for Entry

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 10 & 11, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm. Help us make the 11th anniversary tour the best yet! Final registration deadline is April 15; register by March 31 and save!

Information and registration: CBCultureTour.com

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

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 12 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, and one from the Valemount area. CKCA represents all the disciplines in the arts (visual art, music, theatre, dance, film / video, literary and interdisciplinary arts) and cultural knowledge and practices; therefore, it is important to provide broad representation on the Steering Committee. CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth and / or cultural diversity.

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Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

The Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin was created over ten years ago as a grassroots effort to provide a free community service to support the arts, culture and heritage community throughout the Kootenays. Click the link below to see all public events, news, advocacy and funding opportunities. The West Kootenay Regional Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of British Columbia, through the British Columbia Arts Council.

Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

Lower Kootenay Band Mourns Loss Of Wayne Louie

Wayne Louie Lower Kootenay Band

The Lower Kootenay Band mourns the loss of a respected leader and community advocate, Wayne Louie. Wayne passed away suddenly at age 59 while working at the Site C Dam in the Fort St. John area.

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Sunshine Coast Arts Council E-NEWS - Fegruary/March 2019

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is a volunteer-based society founded February 22, 1966 to raise the profile of local artists and artisans. Our mandate: to broaden the opportunities for the citizens, artists and artisans of the Sunshine Coast to enjoy and participate in local cultural activities.

Fegruary/March 2019

Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

The Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin was created over ten years ago by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council as a grassroots effort to provide a free community service to support the arts, culture and heritage community throughout the Kootenays. Public events, news, advocacy and funding opportunities - if its Kootenay arts and culture, it's here! Our aim is to make the information more accessible. Get your arts, culture and heritage news from throughout the whole region in one location at your convenience.

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(Columbia Basin) – Over 150 arts and culture projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $751,000 in funding support for the 2018-19 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

2018-2019 Funded Projects

"It's exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the Trust funding through the CKCA. It's also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts and culture community across the region," said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Chair.

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, touring and major exhibition projects.

"Residents have told us that a strong arts and culture sector is an important part of life in the Basin," said Michelle d'Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting these projects means artists and organizations get the help they need to further their work and residents benefit from a culturally vibrant region."

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. For a list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at www.basinculture.com or call 1-877-505-7355.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

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Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Photo cutline: Starbelly Jam Performance from 2018 summer event.

Louis Bockner Starbelly Jam 2018

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This is a very powerful and imporant work which may help inform your work in the arts, culture and heritage sector. It was forwarded to me by Duff Sutherland, SCFA.

Reconciliation Canada is also a great resource for further information, programs, workshops and speakers: ReconciliationCanada.ca

Read The Manual

As part of a commitment to implement the TRC recommendations FPSE has produced, Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The manual was also inspired by the work and activism of the indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel. You may remember that Arthur Manuel spoke at the college a couple of years ago as part of FPSE/SCFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee's speaker series.

The manual consists of short articles by mostly indigenous writers about the profoundly destructive impact of colonialism on their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. There are articles about the effect of being dispossessed from traditional lands, the regime of the Indian Act, schooling of children, the treaty process, the suppression of indigenous law, culture and world view, and missing and murdered indigenous women. There are also articles about resurgence and resistance, and the pathway to reconciliation through decolonization.

The manual concludes with Justice Murray Sinclair's 2017 convocation speech at TRU's Law School in which he tells graduates that, "you have to believe that doing something about this history is the right thing to do and you have to be fearless in doing what you can."

The cover includes a quotation from Arthur Manuel, "wishing you a wonderful experience decolonizing yourself." There was laughter about that at the official launch of the manual at Emily Carr University in March.

The manual is 78 pages long; I read it in an evening. To me it provides good context for discussions about indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.


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

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News

TDAC Weekly Arts Update

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

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Nelson Summer Arts Series 2019

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Greetings from Selkirk College in Nelson, BC, one of North America’s finest art towns…where this summer you can make art education part of your destination! Nelson Summer Arts Series offers courses in June, July and August 2019 at the downtown Kootenay Studio … Continue reading

Author Vanessa Farnsworth returns to the Nelson Library

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Vanessa Farnsworth’s new collection of short stories will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves teetering on the edge. Farnsworth reads from The Things She’ll be Leaving Behind on Thursday, May 16, 7pm at the Nelson Public Library. Described … Continue reading

“Find the Plot” Writing Workshop in Kaslo

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Kalein Centre announces Dead Poets Gala, donation to Osprey Community Foundation

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Spring commences with the announcement of Kalein’s first black-tie fundraising gala, to be held at the Hume Hotel on May 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The event will explore death, grief, and living fully through the lens … Continue reading

Culture Days Newsletter / April 15, 2019

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Catch up on the Culture365 Blog Being An Artist Means Health Risks—And Better Care Is Needed What are the health risks of working as a professional artist? When we think about the work artists do, that question isn’t top of … Continue reading

Call for Nominations: Carver Award for Emerging Writers

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival request assistance in nominating emerging writers in West Kootenay communities for the 7th Annual Carver Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize and presentation at the Festival’s ‘Wine … Continue reading

Music BC E-News 04/11/2019: Tickets Available for latest How-To Series

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

TICKETS ON SALE FOR ‘HOW-TO: SUCCEED IN A DIGITAL WORLD’ Tickets are already 60% sold for our latest How-To Series panel, ‘How To: Succeed in a Digital World’, taking place April 27th from 11am – 6pm.  Sign up for a … Continue reading

Creative City News April 2019: Summit Registration Now Open!

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

In this issue: Hear What Our Members Have to Say Deadline Extended: Regional Meeting Funding Opportunity Summit Registration Now Open Call for P2P Presentations Awards Nominations Sponsorship Opportunities News From Around the World Public Art Calls Job Postings Hear What … Continue reading

Kootenay Gallery – Volunteer Wanted

  Wednesday April 17, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

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