Check out the Weekly Update of Arts & Cultural Events on Bowen Island
Cove Commons project to proceed!
All systems go! The arts council received word in early December that its application to the federal government's Cultural Spaces Fund had been approved. This was very exciting news as the grant of approximately $255,000 plus funds already raised means the fundraising target of $950,000 is very close to being realized. Construction of the 2,800 square foot building to house the Annie-Laurie Wood Annex and a new home for the Arts Council and its Gallery will begin in early 2017. BIAC and the Library thank the the Government of Canada and the Canadian Heritage Department, along with community donors and other funders. The creation of a new public cultural space on Bowen will be a huge benefit to the island, its residents and visitors alike. To read more about the announcement, please click here.
Cultural Plan Progress Report Presented
to BIM Council
On October 11, Cultural Plan Chair, Dave Pollard and Jacqueline Massey, Executive Director of BIAC, updated Council regarding the review and update of the community's Cultural Master Plan, a bylaw of BIM. The two oultined work completed by the Steering Committee over the past year, noting that following approximately 50 interviews and synthesizing data from 300 completed surveys, a draft had been completed. The draft includes 15 Strategic Goals and 34 Recommendations. The next step in the process is a plan for extensive pubic consultation, including meeting with more than 35 Bowen Isand groups to review the draft and its recommendations. Two open houses are also planned to invite the community to review the Cultural Plan and offer feedback. Following consultation, the Cultural Plan will be presented to Council for their approval and adoption early in the New Year. To view the report to Council, click here. To download the draft Cutural Plan, please visit BowenCulture.ca.
Cultural Recreational Programming Launches Fall/Winter Calendar
As we move into a New Year, it's time to think about stretching your mind and body. An art class might be just the ticket! The Bowen Island Arts Council is again working with Community Recreation of the Bowen Island Municipality to offer an array of inspiring programs.
For the list of BIAC programs, check out our programming page by clicking here. To view recreational options, visit the Bowen Island Community Recreation website, or download the catalogue by clicking on the image at the left. Register for classes online via the ActiveNet system or by phone or in person through Community Recreation at the Bowen Island Community School, 604.947-2216.
The Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) is dedicated to representing and coordinating the creative efforts and programs of all cultural groups on Bowen Island. BIAC strives to stimulate the development of arts and cultural projects and activities and promote and encourage the advancement of the arts and opportunities for local artists. BIAC also fosters an interest and pride in the cultural heritage and history of Bowen Island.
The artists of Bowen Island welcome you to our creative island!
Based on a national study of communities with a population of less than 50,000 people, Bowen Island was identified as the 4th most artistic community in Canada. Click here for more info.
BIAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bowen Island Municipality, the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. BIAC also thanks all its wonderful members and our community for its unwavering support of local arts and culture.
The Bowen Island Arts Council is a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Councils Alliance. Our partners include Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Together we support artists and arts and cultural events within each of our communities and along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Visit the Sea to Sky Arts Councils website by clicking here.