Province kicks up heels for culture week

B.C. Arts and Culture Week kicks off Sunday with celebrations of creativity and culture across the province.

British Columbia is celebrating arts in learning and life.

B.C. Arts and Culture Week kicks off Sunday with celebrations of creativity and culture across the province.

Shed the grey of winter and welcome spring as children, youth and adults share their artistic creations and performances, and celebrate the vitality and energy that arts and culture infuses into communities.

From Sunday to April 28, hundreds of arts councils, schools and communities across B.C. will share their inspirations by presenting a range of events from drop-in workshops to art crawls, exhibitions, pop-up dance performances, open mics and more.

In Vernon that includes an artist trading card session at the Public Art Gallery April 28 at 2 p.m. Miniature artwork made up of any media, materials or techniques will be traded among all ages of artists.

Cards must measure 2.5-by-3.5 inches and materials are provided. For more on the $2 drop-in fee event, visit: www.vernonpublicartgallery.com/

Over at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, B.C. Arts and Culture Week is celebrated as many arts and cultural organizations have gathered in the theme Under the Umbrella.

The exhibit, running until April 29, will demonstrate that all sorts of cultural organizations can and do work together to support one another.

B.C. Arts and Culture Week showcases the importance of arts and culture and the impact they have on our lives.

The celebration reminds us that arts and culture bring the province’s cultural resources together and encourages all ages to learn about themselves, each other and the world we live in.

B.C. has a rich community of arts and culture and is home to internationally recognized artists of all disciplines.

B.C.’s arts and culture sector employs over 63,000 people and the film industry alone generates $2.82 billion in our economy. Each year our museums, galleries, festivals and performances attract thousands of visitors from around the world.

Pick up your paintbrush; put on your dancing shoes or grab and share your story or join other people in theirs. Visit www.bcartsweek.org to:

  • share how arts and culture has enriched your life;
  • list your events and activities during B.C. Arts and Culture Week;
  • order free promotional materials including brochures, postcards, stickers and temporary tattoos (while supplies last);
  • customize and print your own B.C. Arts and Culture Week poster;
  • nominate an Arts Champion for a Community or Education award to recognize those making significant contributions in B.C. arts and culture.