Armstrog-Spallumcheen arts council formed

A SPARC has been given to arts and culture in Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

A SPARC has been given to arts and culture in Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

SPARC is an acronym for the recently formed Armstrong Spallumcheen Arts Council Society, an organization of artists and supporters of the arts who are working toward enhancing and improving visibility within the communities and district.

“We’re officially recognized as an arts council society, and that means we can have an umbrella organization that will represent all of the artisans in Armstrong and Spallumcheen,” said Reg Kienast, one of five board of director members of SPARC.

“We think this is really important to enhance cultural awareness and cultural diversity in the communities.”

The society also wants to foster the work of local artists and represent all art; recognize the value and benefit of arts and culture in a person’s everyday life; and explore means of support through private, public and individual sources.

A membership drive is currently underway where people can sign up for either a one- or two-year membership.

Membership costs for adults are $10 for one year, $18 for two years. Memberships are also available for youth up to age 18 ($3/$5); community organizations ($18/$33); and corporate ($20/$36).

Application forms are available at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, from one of the five board members, by contacting Kienast at 250-546-6149 or

Joining Kienast on the board are Sean Newton, Angela Passmore, Sondra Haglund and Susan Bensmiller.

And it’s a group that impresses Armstrong council.

“That group covers a broad range from potters  to weavers, students to seniors,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

SPARC is affiliated with the B.C. Arts Council.