Caetani centre offers residencies

Artists and youth to benefit from programs offered through the Caetani Cultural Centre and its partners.

The Caetani Cultural Centre has announced it is offering a variety of artist residencies this summer.

One, entitled Good Sports!, is a digital photo-based sports and culture-themed residency that involves a regional artist working in collaboration with youth from the Greater Vernon community.

“The residencies will celebrate both art and sports as life-affirming and lifelong activities, focussing on all aspects of sports in our community: from the overall health benefits, to the joy, pain, sacrifice and gain that physical activity can provide,” said Susan Brandoli, the Caetani Centre’s new manager and artist-in-residence coordinator.

Made possible with support from the Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games Legacy Fund, the Caetani Centre will partner with local youth group to help select those who might best benefit from this program.

The youth will be supplied with a digital camera that they may keep upon successful completion of the project in order to encourage a continuation of the project beyond the allotted time frame, but also to encourage a lifelong interest in photography and the arts.

“The number of youths accepted is dependent upon overall funding, however, the Caetani Cultural Centre is actively seeking additional donations and/or sponsorship to help with equipment and printing costs, and to possibly increase the number of youths involved, and encourages interested individuals and companies to become involved in this worthwhile project,” said Brandoli.

The project involves completing and installing a collaborative work of art in a public sports facility location in Greater Vernon. The final installation site will be determined and selected through Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture, said Brandoli.

The works in progress created by the mentoring artist and the youth will be posted on-line for the community to follow.

Another four residencies are available in the Fresh!AiR program, offered by the Caetani Centre in partnership with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Each program is approximately four weeks in duration and one residency is available for each month of June, July, August, and September.

The Okanagan is one of the three most endangered ecological regions in Canada,” said Brandoli, adding, “The ABNC collaboration is intended to serve as a catalyst in broadening and enriching community awareness and the understanding of art and sustainable biodiversity.”

The residencies include a one-month stay at the Caetani Centre and a studio space at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

The Caetani Centre will facilitate workshops, receptions, and public programming based around the participating artist’s work. Artists-in-residence are requested to leave a piece of art reflecting regional habitat conservation issues in the community if possible.

A selection committee will review and select candidates for this program and an honorarium to assist with materials and costs is available for each separate Fresh!AiR residency.

Artists will be responsible for their own transportation, food and supplies.

For deadlines and application information on all the residencies and programs, visit www.caetaniculturalcentre.org or call the Caetani Centre at 250-275-1525.