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Arts council looking for directors to help promote arts in the city
Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Cranbrook and District Arts Council, and it could be the leanest yet—or the last one—with only three directors slated to continue overseeing the brand-new arts space downtown.
Linda Holmes, acting president of the CDAC, said the new space has lots of potential to bring fresh arts opportunities to the community—all it lacks is directors.
“We can have up to 10, we need a minimum of eight, and we’re going in with three,” Holmes said. “So we’re putting out the call for people to come in and help push the arts forward, using our facility as a home base.”
New directors will be elected during the annual general meeting, which is on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7 pm. Memberships will be available at the door.
Holmes said the new public gallery space is just waiting to expand its exhibition repertoire and its workshops/classes. “We have clay, we’ll have acting on camera, we’ve even got prenatal art classes, and the workshops are just the beginning. I can see a real demand for this arts space in the coming year.”
Forced to move in September 2011, the council spent four months renovating a number of separate offices to the larger gallery and classroom spaces.
“We knocked out walls, rolled up carpets and re-finished floors,” Holmes said. “It was a lot of volunteer work, but the new space is very warm and inspiring.”
A handful of directors are ending terms or stepping down, leaving just three going forward.
“So we’re putting out the call, loud and clear,” said Holmes. “If you’ve ever wanted to promote the arts in Cranbrook, now is a huge opportunity! We want your skills—especially if you’re an artist or if you have board experience.”
One of the major projects on the horizon is to secure Cranbrook Fire Hall #1 as a permanent arts facility. In aid of this goal, the CDAC has recently submitted a number of grant applications to conduct a feasibility study on the project.
“If you’re interested in moving the fire hall project forward, this is the year to get involved,” Holmes said.
All members are welcome to attend the AGM. If you’re a non-member, you can get a membership at the door for $10 or $30. The meeting is at 135, 107 10th Ave. S., Suite 104. “At the corner of Second Street and Tenth Avenue South in downtown Cranbrook, just west of Rotary Park,” Holmes said.
For more info, contact the Cranbrook and District Arts Council at 250-426-4223 or e-mail the council at Info@TheArtsCouncil.ca.