The B.C. Arts Council (BCAC) now has a few new members among
the ranks, including the new project manager for the Aboriginal Art at Venue
program for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Connie Watts.
The council, which consists of 15 members appointed by the
lieutenant governor in council, represents the artistic communities of the
province. In addition to Watts, the new appointees are Christos Dikeakos,
Stanley W. Hamilton, Ron Smith, and Michael Tindall. Don Shukma was reappointed
as chair for another one-year term.
“Our mission is to support the arts and cultural community to
achieve its creative, social and economic potential,” Shukma said in a recent
press release. “I am confident that these new members will rise to the
The BCAC was established in 1996 and, to date, has distributed
over $158 million in funding to assist artists and art organizations throughout
Reader, writer or both — it doesn’t matter. All lovers of
the written word are sure to find something to interest them within the
programming of the seventh annual Whistler Readers & Writers Festival, held
Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13.
The weekend gets off to a lively start at the Whistler Public
Library on Friday night with an opening night debate about the power of words,
followed by a keynote address by publisher and author, Mel Hurtig.
Saturday offers up a myriad of workshops and seminars designed
to inspire wordsmiths from all genres and of all levels of experience.
Speaking of the written word…
Our beloved local book club, Whistler Reads, is hosting its
fall party, and the theme is everything Agent 007 to commemorate their literary
pick for the summer, Sebastian Fauks’s
Devil May Care
, and the worldwide centenary celebration of Ian
If you’re a Whistler Reads member, feel free to come enjoy a
few martinis — shaken, not stirred, of course — at the costume
party on Saturday, Sept. 13. Black tie apparel if you don’t come in costume.