Thu., Oct. 18, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Whitevalley Community Hall
2250 Shields Ave

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend our AGM, to learn how you can become more involved in arts & culture in our community, and to find out about our planned upcoming events. Refreshments will be served.

We are building a dynamic, community-minded Board of Directors and would love to have you join us to add your passion for arts & culture to our plans for the upcoming year.  We are looking for new members to sit on our board and in particular we are seeking an individual with a background in finance/accounting to step into the role of Assistant Treasurer of MAC.

Annual Report

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

And here we are: a small group of thoughtful committed citizens that want to promote arts and culture in this area. We have done so for nearly two decades and we continue to change our world.

This past year we were able once again to give a bursary to two promising students graduating from the local school system. Hanna Lowe and Shelby Porteous each received $300.

Our Local arts and culture Program, passed on Regional District funding to:

  • The Cabaret Committee: for their upcoming performance in December
  • Mable Lake Community Club: for the conceptual plans for a watershed interpretive facility
  • Lumby Live! : for live outdoor entertainment in the summer. 
  • The Chamber of Commerce: for Movies on Main during the summer as well as a performance for the firefighters.) 
  • and the ORL, Lumby Branch: Zen Dot art event 

In the case of the New Mural project, this program leveraged funding from other sources such BC Arts Council who contributed $2655. This project also engaged over forty local businesses in supporting the new mural through donations for updating their logos on this cloth banner. Linda Kuraoka put hundreds of hours into this fundraising effort. 

The Monashee Arts Council continues to rent office space from the Village Gallery. 
People often ask “what is the relationship between Mac and the Village Gallery?” In 2013 The Monashee Arts Council put some effort into drawing together people who were interested in creating a gallery cum gift shop to promote local arts and crafts. The response was exciting and somewhat to the surprise of the Monashee Arts Council resulted in the formation of a separate organization, a member run co-op which was to open the Village Gallery 6 months later. Sharing rental space, some infrastructure and the presence of MAC co-ordinator, Jennifer Greenwood, for two half days a week, the Village Gallery has managed to operate on volunteer energy ever since. This mutual support has enabled the Gallery to hold regular invitational art shows as well as ongoing displays of member and consignee creations. 

The work of the Monashee Arts Council would not be complete without mention of our Lumby Days contribution: this year the third annual photography competition in co-operation with London Drugs, the critiqued art show with volunteers from the Federation of Canadian Artists; the raku event and youth art activity (in co-operation with the Museum) all added to the local creative sparkle of Lumby Days. 

Friday night saw a new venture, a gala opening of the art show, which attracted over thirty people in costume, making an adult friendly event during that first night of Lumby Days. 

Hundreds of volunteer hours go into the Lumby Days’ events and we have fun! One example: this year the clay play day was held at Monica Brown’s Mudpuddle pottery studio, with a potluck dinner. 

MAC has, in collaboration with the Okanagan Regional Library, Lumby Branch, arranged several month long art shows featuring local artists this year, continuing a program that has been in place for four years. MAC also worked with the Year of the Wise Library program to lead four workshops on using digital resources for the mural. 

Artbeat in our local paper and our Facebook page run by Jennifer Greenwood make weekly contributions to the profile of arts and culture in our area. Jennifer also publishes a monthly member newsletter and maintains a wider social media presence, supporting other arts organizations such as the Okanagan Artists of Canada, the Federation of Canadian artists and QuartZ quilting arts; Route Blue community art project and a recent paint and sip fundraiser for the JW Inglis Library. 

Mac encourages local artists to join the wider pool of artists in the North Okanagan: Village Green Lobby art show; annual OAC show at Paddlewheel Park; Regional Federation of Canadian Artists juried art shows; the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation art show in the Hospital Cafeteria. 

Meet the Artist nights were a new venture late last winter. People gathered to share books, images and other sources of inspiration from selected artists. We celebrated Vincent Van Gogh and Banksy this past year. 

The highlight of the year for me at least was the New Mural project which gained such momentum over the year that I had empty nest syndrome after it was complete! Meaningful engagement with Okanagan and Splatsin representatives; Hundreds of hours of volunteer time from a wide variety of local participants: (those who considered themselves artists and others who declared they only came to wash brushes;) incredible support from the business community and huge social media impact, this project has had a very positive impact on our village and on the Monashee Arts Council itself. 

Other MAC contributions to the community are not so high profile: for example, the Monashee Mews project has supplied an arts and crafts instructor to work with brain injured adults living at the facility since 2014.

In 2018 one of our members initiated a cultural survey to build a data base of artists, craftspeople and related businesses and groups. Another member started the process of applying for charitable status; I have applied to the BC Arts Council to produce a digitized version of the New Mural which is now called “the land that feeds us”. Any one of these projects would be an excellent opportunity to get involved. 

Robin Ledrew

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