In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Arts Council of the North Okanagan made the decision to close its doors at the Vernon Community Arts Centre and put events and programming on hold. Until our public health authorities advise that it is safe to re-open, we commit to doing our part to slow the spread of the virus and ensure everyone’s safety.
At this time, we are focused on keeping our community engaged through the visual arts, which we know contributes to people’s overall health and wellbeing. Through this portal, and our own social media channels, we are bringing you an array of activities and visual content to keep you involved, connected, and creative.
In March, the Vernon Community Arts Centre launched a 30-day arts challenge for anyone wishing to participate. While some people started the challenge on Day 1 with the aim to finish on Day 30, some chose to take on just one challenge per week, and others sifted through to the find the activities that inspired them the most. The challenge links will remain posted past the 30 days so you can join in any time and do what suits you. We encourage you to keep sharing your art throughout these times of isolation to help us stay connected with one another. There is great power in knowing that we are not alone in all of this. When we’re able to have public gatherings again, our intent is to host an exhibit where the community will be invited to showcase their work in one space.
In early April, the VCAC and ACNO launched a project called Vernon Voices, where community members where asked to create visual time capsules, documenting their experiences of living during a pandemic. You’ll find more details of this project here on the portal. It’s history in the making, so let’s make something meaningful for future generations to reflect upon.
In mid-April, you will start seeing videos that showcase the myriad of art forms normally instructed at the VCAC. Our goal is to provide some “how-to” videos along with a ton of creative inspiration to bridge the gap between today’s reality, and our future days of creating together in a shared space.
Before the end of April, we will be launching a community art garden project, and in May, you’ll start seeing even more projects and activities coming your way. To ensure you don’t miss out, keep checking back here and subscribe to our newsletter where we’ll post important updates (www.vernonarts.ca).
Through social media, the ACNO will continue to feature local artists and arts and culture groups. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see musicians playing live, go behind the scenes into artist’s studios, and watch virtual exhibits of completed art works.