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Spreading the wealth: numerous Nelson artists, culture groups nail down funding

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
June 23rd, 2011

Nelson Poetry Slam, Horsefly Magazine and Oxygen Art Centre were some of the Nelson groups that were successful in landing one of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance arts and culture grants.

Of the 133 arts, culture and heritage projects — including the Nelson and District Arts Council — received a total of $555,000 in funding support for the 2011–2012 season through the Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

“This year the choices were the toughest we have ever made, as the number of applications continues to grow,” said Jacquie Hamilton, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance chair.

See listing below for the Nelson and area artists and groups that managed to secure funding for their projects.

CKCA administers and manages arts, culture and heritage program funding on behalf of CBT. Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA steering committee, with input from community arts councils.

Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, major exhibitions and heritage capital projects. 

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize heritage projects and projects in all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts.

Arts projects funded include:


Nelson Poetry Slam: Samuel Stevenson $1,350

Embodiment – Sculptural Exploration: Leah Weinstein $1,400

First Contact: Nelson History Theatre Society $2,500

Heart Lab Presents – Re: Surface: Bradley Smith $2,000

Horsefly Literary Magazine: Horsefly Literary Magazine $2,000

River Lines- Faces of Displacement: K. Medig & E. Neilsen $2,500

North Kootenay Lake

A Creative Nature: Lardeau Valley Opportunity Links Soc. $650

Children’s Art Workshop: Eliza Fry $1,400

Colours of the Kootenays – Felted Coats: Elisa Shine $900

Drawing Nature In: Susan VanRooy $2,300

Framing History: Lardeau Valley Historical Society $750

In the Shadows – Rainforests of WK: Shelley Ross $1,700

Summer Piano Intensive: Jane Ballantyne $1,000


Col. Basin Aboriginal Youth Dance: Jessica Morin $1,200

David Thompson Bicentennial Recog.: Duff Sutherland $2,350

Heritage Photo Costumes: Kootenay Doukhobour Hist. $2,000

Life & Legacy of Edward Mahon: Walter O. Volovsek $1,180

Slocan Lake

4 Art Wkshps – Figure Drawing : New Denver Life Drawing $500

Creative Kootenay Kids Camp: Slocan Lake Gallery Soc. $1,900

Dreidls and Demons: Carla Nemiroff $1,500

Fashion and Design Show: Emily Barber $700

Grass Roots Art Show: Slocan Lake Gallery Society $675

Greenstone Rising: Andrea Wright $750

Local Musicians Concert Series: Hidden Garden Gallery $750

Music for Young Children: Valhalla Summer School Fine Arts $500

Rails to Trails Watercolours II: Donna Hicks $450

Shades of Loud Recording Project: Jonathan Buttle $2,500

Slocan Valley

Frog Peak Sunday Market: Alina Skiba $1,300

History of Slocan Loggers Sports: Stuart MacCuaig $2,700

Vital Gesture: Rabia Gonzalez $500

Touring grants

Beyond the Batholith: On the Road: Arin Fay (Kaslo) $3,000

Deck – Pilot Co Pilot Theatre Lucas Myers (Nelson) $3,000

Drink from the Trees Tour: Dominique Fraissard (New Denver) $3,000

Into the Mystic Dance Production: Soul Fire Dance (Slocan Valley) $3,000

Mentoring arts grants

Develop Samba Essentials: Moving Mosaic Samba Band (Nelson) $1,600

Mentoring, heritage grants

Heritage Clothing-Ivan Sayers: Nelson Museum and Gallery Society $1,000

Organizational development grants

Arts and Heritage Umbrella: North Kootenay Lake Arts Council (Kaslo) $1,750

Online Arts Education Project: Oxygen Art Centre (Nelson) $3,850

Rebuilding NDAC: Nelson & Dist. Arts Council (Nelson) $6,000

Major project, arts grants

Bird Woman: Deborah Thompson (Nelson) $9,000

Khaos the Opera – Implementation: Amy Ferguson Inst. (Nelson) $9,000

Wormwonder: Susan Andrews Grace (Nelson) $9,000

Major project, heritage grants

Heritage Scan – Lardeau Valley: L. Cannon & D. Borsos $9,000

High Muck a Muck – Phase 1 Research: Oxygen (Nelson) $9,000

Home Children in the Columbia Basin: Art Joyce (New Denver) $9,000

Images of Sinixt Culture: Leslie Savage $9,000

Major capital, heritage grants

Anscomb Wheelhouse Rest.: Balfour Bus. & Hist. Assn. $20,000

Floor Renovation: Silverton Gallery $5,000

Replica Original Doors: Langham Cultural Society $15,613

Security System Upgrade: Kootenay Lake Historical Soc. $9,500

Electrical Upgrade – St. Saviours Pro. Cathedral (Nelson) $10,000

Heritage innovation grants

High Muck a Muck – Phase 1 Curatorial: Oxygen (Nelson) $4,000

JB Fletcher Store Exhibition: JB Fletcher Restoration Society (Ainsworth) $4,000

Monitor Hull Elevations SS Moyie: Kootenay Lk Hist. Society (Kaslo) $3,200

Schoolhouse Web Presence: Ymir Arts & Museum Soc. $3,000

Settlement in Slocan Valley: Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society $4,000

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