Vernon arts community welcomes ArtsBC

Vernon Community Arts Centre hosts the 34th annual ArtsBC annual conference and AGM, May 3 and 4.

The arts are on everyone’s palette during B.C. Arts and Culture Week, which started Sunday.

The Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC), located adjacent to the Okanagan Science Centre, is hosting free activities and drop-in classes as well as artist demonstrations all week long.

Arts and Culture Week leads up to an even bigger event at the VCAC, which is hosting the 34th annual ArtsBC annual conference and AGM, May 3 and 4.

Co-hosted by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, which operates the VCAC, and the Arts and Health Network, the conference’s theme is “cultivating connections, ideas to inspire and engage,” and up to 80 groups and individuals are expected to take part.

“Delegates from all over B.C. are coming and that includes artists and arts councils and organizations,” said Lynne Gayan, VCAC executive director. “(ArtsBC) opened it up so more organizations could come… This goes beyond the arts councils and has really opened the door to networking and partnerships.”

The conference will include workshops as well as a Friday night reception at the Mackie Lake House and a Saturday closing reception at the VCAC. Participants who arrive early can also partake in a gallery and studio tour of the region on the evening of May 2.

The VCAC is also holding an art exhibition during the conference. The show will take place in the centre’s lobby and follows the theme of the conference: art that inspires and nurtures.

“We already have a lot of beautiful work for the show. The lobby is going to look great,” said Gayan. “For a small community, we have so much going on.”

More on the conference can be found at or call the VCAC at 250-542-6243.