Arts & Culture
For the Summer School there were a total of 71 students and 9 instructors. Resourcing the event included staff, student helpers, and volunteers. Art, music, theatre, and dance classes appeal to both children and adults in the summer months. Children and families enjoy having a full week of classes to learn new skills, with the additional option of enjoying all the local outdoor pursuits.For the Medley Arts Camp there were 63 registrants for courses in guitar, painting, dance, and ukulele upgrade. People traveled from Nelson, Rossland, Creston, Vancouver, Edmonton, Rocky Mountain House, Medicine Hat, Canmore, and Nipissing/Ontario to attend.
2013, 2014, 2015
Having run three years in a row, this project fulfilled its promise to have artists and artisans showcase their work in galleries and venues from Wynndel to Riondel including Kootenay Bay. Businesses welcomed tourists and community residents into their establishments to provide their signature on a travel brochure, view art, and purchase goods. The brochure, signage, and advertising enhanced commerce along the route and introduced people to the beauty of our area. Residents and visitors interacted over the showcased artwork and were exposed to venues they may not have been aware of. This raised awareness and generated interest in opportunities our area has to offer.
Contact: Geri Gomola
The program provided a week of workshops for adults and children in music, art, dance, and performance, giving community members opportunities for learning and sharing that they may not otherwise be able to access. Qualified instructors were hired from the Basin area, which also provided qualified local artists and musicians an opportunity to expand their experience and exposure. The program also added to the economic viability of the area promoting the camp as part of a family vacation package. There were 50 participants, 22 adults and 28 children, and visitors came from Nelson, Castlegar, California, Medicine Hat AB, Canmore AB, Langdon AB, and Vancouver. Approximately 50% of attendees were from the East Shore. Contact: Lorna Robin.
In 2011, Ben Johnson, drummer extraordinaire, wanted to start a Samba Band. A grant for the initial drums was received from the Columbia Basin Trust. Today the band practices and performs regularly in glorious costume with gusto! They now have their own webpage: Samba Lago Profundo