Other Programs

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan believes that the arts are the soul of every community and make a significant contribution to their social, physical, and economic well-being. Committed to providing on-going support to the development of the arts in the Central Okanagan, ARTSCO continues to advocate community arts education and arts awareness by providing and supporting artistic programming , events and opportunities.

ARTSCO’s diverse programming addresses a wide variety of interest areas, which include: children, youth groups, students, families, businesses, and educational institutions. ARTSCO’s community programs and events span all art forms, such as visual, literary, performing, and music.

Facts

Number of people that are targeted: approx. 345,000   

Number of people that will participate: approx. 2,175 per annum

Number of people that will benefit from programming and the services it provides: approx. 345,206 

Advocacy Programming and Events

  • Provide exciting opportunities for exploration, participation and enjoyment for all ages and all levels of art and cultural knowledge and experiences.
  • Encourage artists to present new and original creations, to share cultural diversity through artistic expression, and to celebrate global artistic contributions through performance, education and display.
  • Honour our cultural heritage through the sharing of indigenous values and philosophies.
  • Increasing access to the arts and awareness of our community’s cultural diversity while providing sustainability to our local arts organizations.

Artscape/Mad Hatter/Random Art Festival

  • Provides an educational experience, which helps to foster an interest in the artistic process and the place it has in all our lives.
  • Helps to fill a serious gap in the education of how lives are enriched though the knowledge and awareness of the arts.
  • Promote recognition that all the arts are a significant component of our region and our society, and contribute to the public awareness about the quality and diversity of all art created in our communities.

Honour in the Arts/Bursaries

  • Recognize individual students for their outstanding achievement in the arts.
  • Provide financial support to further education in the arts.

Honour in the Arts/Certificates/Civic Awards/Okanagan Arts Awards

  • Serve to underline the importance of the arts to the people and communities in the Okanagan.
  • Recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding achievement in the arts; for their significant contribution to the arts; or to their noteworthy support of the arts.
  • Encourage those who are instrumental in ensuring the arts survive and thrive in the Okanagan Valley.