Cultural groups garner funds

Arts and culture will continue to benefit from taxpayer support in Lumby and Cherryville.

The Cherryville Artisans Association and the Monashee Arts Council were both assured Monday that there will be funding in 2014 from the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee.

“There’s quite an exceptional list of activities they’ve been able to accomplish,” said Randal Ostafichuk, WVPRCAC vice-chairperson.

“The funds are going to some fantastic things and the community is very supportive of them.”

The proposed 2014 budget includes $6,576 for the Cherryville Artisans Association and $29,465 for the Monashee Arts Council.

“It’s something I’ve been advocating for,” said Rick Fairbairn, WVPRCAC chairperson.

“We have an abundance of artists and musicians and what was needed was a catalyst to get them off the ground.”

WVPRCAC’s tax requisition includes residents living in Lumby, Cherryville and the rural Lumby area.

“Funding from the regional district is making a profound impact on this rural area,” said Robin LeDrew, with the Monashee Arts Council.

“In particular, the ability to have a physical presence in the community and a part-time arts and culture program co-ordinator has led to a significant increase in volunteer hours, increased networking with other agencies and businesses and a diversification of the activities and appeal of the council.”

The arts council’s programs have included drumming, rock painting, Venetian mask making, a local history play, youth art, a fashion show and various performances.

The Monashee Arts Council was also key in the formation of the Lumby Arts Co-op.

“It’s a separate organization which currently promotes the works of more than 20 local artists through the Village Gallery,” said LeDrew.

No change in leadership

It’s steady at the helm for the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee.

Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director, has been acclaimed to another year as committee chairperson, while Lumby director Randal Ostafichuk remains as vice-chairperson.

“We have the budget under control and I’m looking forward to working with the village and the community,” said Fairbairn.

Also on the committee is Cherryville director Eugene Foisy.


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