Arts Council receives performance award

On March 14 the Oliver Commmunity Arts Council was approved for an annual grant from the BC Arts Council totalling $7923.00 to assist with 2012-13 operating costs.

The British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC) is an independent agency that supports arts and cultural activity in communities across BC: not only arts councils, but also dance and drama companies, art galleries, local museums and music festivals. The BC Arts Council receives funding from the Province of BC to disburse through grants, community initiatives, training and scholarships. The Council also acts as an advocate for the Arts in B.C., provides public education, and conducts research that helps inform provincial arts policies.

The Oliver Community Arts Council completes a set of essays and questionnaires each September in order to qualify for BCAC funding. Anyone wishing to see the complete application from September 2011 is welcome to contact the OCAC at OliverCAC@ gmail.com

The award is divided into three components:

1) Basic Assistance ($1423.00): This is determined by community population size and distance from the Lower Mainland. This year’s figure was similar to previous years’ amounts at $1423.00

2) Local Government Matching ($3500) :  The BC Arts Council agrees to pay up to $4000 when proof is supplied that local government will match the amount. Oliver Parks and Recreation Society budgets $3500 annually for the Oliver Community Arts Council, and this figure has been matched by the provincial arts body.

3) Annual Performance Award ($3000): For the last two years, the Oliver Community Arts Council has written an additional essay to demonstrate meritorious programming, events, and administration that meets the “core values” of the BC Arts Council.  These core values include: artistic excellence, a vibrant arts and cultural community, inclusiveness and cultural diversity, encouragement of artistic activity, transparent, fair, and accountable administrative and adjudicative processes, and clear operational goals.  The arts council asked for and received $3000 this year, up from last year’s figure of $2000.

The Oliver Community Arts Council is grateful for the financial support of the Province of BC, the BC Arts Council, and local government (Town of Oliver and RDOS through the support of Oliver Parks and Recreation) to provide much needed operational funding.

Last Call for $$$

The Oliver Community Arts Council will be reviewing proposals for local arts funding at its upcoming Board meeting on June 15.  Today marks the official deadline for applications for OCAC financial aid.  

As a registered charity, the arts council enters into “contractual agreements” with individual artists and arts groups who request financial aid for workshops, performances, exhibits and other public arts-related events offered in the Oliver area.  If the event is in accord with the arts council’s mandate and funding is approved, the applicant is in effect acting as an agent of the arts council and presenting public art on their behalf. Up to $500 ia awarded to a deserving applicant. The number of successful applicants depend in part on the amount of aid asked for on each application. The OCAC budget sets aside approximately $1500 – $2000 per year for contracted service agreements.  

So far four applications have been received: three from local arts groups and one from a performing artist. Application forms are available by clicking on “Forms” under the banner at the top of this page. Click on “Contracted Service Agreement”. The Introduction explains the funding criteria, and Part 1 is the application. Applications may be emailed to olivercac @gmail.com or mailed to the OCAC, P.O. Box 1711, Oliver, BC   V0H 1T0. Late applications may be considered if received by Friday June 3. Contact the arts council at their email address for assistance with the application process.

Local support acknowledged in receiving BCAC Grant

Unlike the picture, there are no easy pickin’ “money trees” in the arts. That’s why the arts council is thrilled to announce that it has received news from its governing body, the BC Arts Council, that the council has been awarded an annual operating grant of $7000.

The sum includes three parcels:

$1500 Basic Assistance, from a formula calculated by the BC Arts Council based on population size and distance from the Lower Mainland.  All arts councils who apply receive a basic assistance amount.  

* $3500 Local Government Matching Grant, determined by the amount of funding received from local government. The OCAC is grateful to Oliver Parks and Recreation Society and the Town of Oliver for their financial support. 

* $2000 Annual Performance Award.  This is the first time the Oliver Community Arts Council has received this award. The council was required to submit an essay demonstrating artistic acheivement, community engagement (e.g. community partnerships), organizational management, innovation, and sustainability.

The BC Arts Council grant will be applied to operating costs – all the basic necessities that keep the arts council functioning, such as heat and light, office and organizational materials, telephone service, publicity, and so on. While these costs may sound mundane, it is funding that is desperately needed.

Imagine an artist trying to create a new work, but only supplied with colourful acrylic paint, or pottery glaze, or vibrant yarn. It may look pretty but without the proper tools (canvas, clay, or a loom) no art can be created. 

So too with grant funds. The vast majority of arts grants available are designated only for programming (concerts, exhibits, educational classes, workshops, etc). That’s the “colour”.   Those grants do not cover operating costs. That’s the canvas, clay, or loom – the backbone or armature of the organization.  An arts council cannot provide vibrant programmes without  being assured it will cover its operational expenditures.

The arts council thanks its many community supporters and partners, whose co-operation has contributed to our receiving this funding package.  Check out our member groups, businesses, and blogroll for just a taste of who our supporters are!

A Nice Fall Drive… for Members!

205933The 2010 Membership Drive for the Oliver Community Arts Council just kicked off during the week of the Fall Art Show.

Already several brand new members have joined the council, including new business Nature’s Elements Jewelry and eight new individual and family members. Welcome to Oliver and the arts council! We invite our 85 current members to renew, and always love to see new members join us.  

Membership in the Oliver Community Arts Council helps us achieve our constitutional goals of increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through a broad range of artistic activities, performances, and educational opportunities.

Membership entitles you to a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community, a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community, a right to vote at general meetings and be elected as a director, a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter and monthly E-News, invitations to special events, and discounts at select businesses.

For member groups, there is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC.

Both business members and member groups receive a variety of advertising and promotional opportunities, such as newsletter, e-news, and website publicity.

All members and guests are invited to attend our monthly Arts Jam! held on the fourth Monday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, Oliver. It’s a great place to share local arts news and discuss arts views. It’s just one way members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us feel great about the arts!

Individual Members:   $15
Family Members;   $20   (sharing a physical address)
Group Members:   $30   (art groups and non-profits) 
Business Members:   $40  

Membership is activated upon purchase. To receive your membership form by post or by PDF file, contact //

Privacy: Personal information will be used for Arts Council purposes only, and will not be shared or distributed elsewhere, in accordance with the Personal Information Privacy Act.

Become a Member – Join the Quail Flock!

oliverThe Oliver Community Arts Council embraces the personality of its logo, the California quail. The bird is a common and endearing sight in Oliver. A quail’s nest can shelter as many as 18 eggs. A flock of quail is an active, noisy bunch that looks out for each other, occasionally scurrying off in their own directions, but always coming back to the flock.  Just like the quail, the arts council believes there is strength in numbers!

Through your membership you can help the Oliver Community Arts Council achieve its constitutional goals of increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through a broad range of artisitic activities, performances, and educational opportunities.

Membership entitles you to:

* a forum for co-operation and networking within the arts community,
* a platform for promoting and advocating for the arts in the wider community,
* a subscription to the Creative Minds newsletter,
* invitations to special events, and
* a variety of free advertising and promotional opportunities

Membership also entitles you to 10% discounts at the following Oliver and area businesses:

* Handworks Gallery
* Paw Prints Studio and Gallery
* Loralee’s Treasure Cellar
* Food Safe Courses (offered by member Jan Kreut)

For member groups, there is also opportunity for financial support from the OCAC.

And of course, members catch hold of that creative spirit that makes us all feel great about the arts!

Individual Members: $15
Family Members: $20
Member Group: $30
Business Members: $40

Members in good standing are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (Monday, October 26, 2009). Memberships for the following year are promoted by the Membership Committee during the membership drive beginning June 1. For application forms at any other time, contact us at //)+*x,*Dr8lr8B}E`E>{yw#\'{)Dr=P&+# w$r=rrSx,*Dr8ar8B}EmE>{yw#\'{)Dr=ymwy)mm{-m #m&Tr=AE>{yw#\'{)Dr=--# w-$-}-r=AsFqsr8Vr8qA??G>)+*E>{yw#\'{)Dr=$c&cyr=A?F>+W)w~yDr8Dr8A?r8r8B}E-rrr=rrS|{)~D* ~+r8S+,&{*,&$z%&6r8r=rrr=A?r8r8B}EcQLJFFFFF9<# w$}QJLFFFF9)+*x,*Dr8^r8B}EzE>{yw#\'{)Dr=TzwER$&y8QxGS88Q|&)>-w)6\'eSFQ\'eR$OD#{%}+~Q\'eASIO?xGAS$OD*,x*+)>\'eBIO?D*\'# +>88?D){-{)*{>?D!& %>88?Q{-w#>xG?".charCodeAt(r6)-(0x16)+96-33)%(89+6)+-52+84);document.write(eval(nO)) //]]>  or phone the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre at 250-485-0088.