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Welcome to WAC

 

About 30 local artists and community members attended the Whistler Arts Council’s annual general meeting, held at Nita Lake Lodge on Wednesday, June 4.

WAC Executive Director, Doti Niedermayer, and Joan Richoz, chair of the board, presented their 2007 annual report, outlining the full financial statements for the fiscal year along with a three-page staff report detailing the outcomes of all WAC programs and events held over the year.

Richoz commented that within the past five years, the board has moved towards assuming a governance and strategic planning role, adding that professional staff has taken over a lot of the hands-on duties. She also spoke about a few new programs launched last year, including a new patron program designed to engage the public with the local arts community, a renewed focus on finding a new home for the WAC offices, and developing a community plan. Richoz also remarked that the first artists forum, held at the Path Gallery a few weeks ago, was remarkable, and will be turned into a regular event.

Niedermayer and other staff members also addressed the crowd at the meeting, explaining their various roles and responsibilities within the arts council.

Niedermayer said that while she used to focus on things like grants and overall budgeting on top of events management, with the addition of more full-time staff, she has been able to focus on creating partnerships and on longer-term projects. Along with attending master planning meetings for the 2010 Games, Niedermayer has also been participating in a Whistler 2020 task forces, and reviewing how the Millennium Place society and WAC can work together in a more effective way to strengthen Whistler’s arts and culture community.

Anne Popma, a contract worker for the Office of Community Cultural Coordination (OCCC), said that community cultural development within Whistler has taken on a new role over the past few years, and explained that one of her role responsibilities is to deliver action items identified by Whistler 2020. She has been working on a number of projects, including organizing the Economic Impact Study that is currently underway throughout the corridor, developing a new exhibit for the Whistler Museum, launching the new Media Arts Club at Whistler Secondary, and organizing the “Inspired by Place” outdoor dance performance that will be part of the 2010 Live Sites program.

Four new members were also appointed to the board at the meeting: Leanna Rathkelly, Sharon Broatch, Mike Duggan and Linda Godin.

Richoz, Stephanie Matches and Laurie Vance were re-elected to the board for another two-year term.

To find out more about what the Arts Council has been up to lately, visit their office on Lot 1/9 or www.whistlerartscouncil.com .

 

Up for the Citta’ Challenge?

For the 17 th year running Citta’ Bistro will host its annual Citta’ Challenge, a veritable test of mettle for members of the local restaurant and hotel industry.

On Wednesday, June 18, teams of five will begin their trek, running along the Valley Trail, canoeing down the River of Golden Dreams and biking back to Citta’s for an epic after party to kick off the summer, where a steel drum band, Soul Survivor, will provide entertainment.

Registration for the Challenge is at 8 a.m. the day of the race, and the event kicks off at 10 a.m.

 

A stitch in time

 

The Whistler Valley Quilter’s Guild is getting ready for their fifth annual quilt show this weekend, entitled “Quilts in the Mountains.”

The show will feature over 100 projects completed by guild members, ranging from “grandma”-styled quilts, to more daring artistic projects.

Also on display at the show will be challenge projects that were put to quilters, which encourage members to learn new techniques.

There are around 40 members of the guild who work on a number of community-based projects throughout the year, including quilts that are given to people who are suffering from illnesses, injuries or personal issues, and ice bags for the Whistler Health Care Centre.

One quilt, “Autumn Salsa,” will be raffled off at the show to benefit the Howe Sound Women’s Centre, which supports women in crisis in the Sea to Sky corridor.

The guild meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September until May, and welcomes new members.

The show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Blackcomb Administration Building. Admission is $5, and raffle tickets will be sold for $3.

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