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About the Kamloops Arts Council
As part of our mandate, the KAC takes the arts out to the community – producing high-quality, year-round low- and no-cost arts programs, performances, workshops and events for all. We believe the arts are for everyone, and that they have the power to heal, transform, connect, and develop skills in children, youth, adults and seniors, including those in crisis. Creating Creative Communities.
The KAC (first known as the Community Arts Council of Kamloops) was established in 1968 and incorporated in 1970 by community-minded volunteers to promote all art disciplines. The Arts Council was founded to provide support and opportunities for individual artists to develop and showcase their talents.
The Kamloops Arts Council has always been, and will continue to be, open, inclusive and welcoming of all artistic styles and levels. We respect, encourage and support artists in all art forms and of all levels of experience. It is not our intent to dictate any particular set of artistic standards or values – those are for the artist to decide.
The KAC may be best known for its festivals and events, which include Art in the Park on Canada Day, the Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival, the Rivertown Players Children’s Summer Theatre Program, the Art in the Dark and more.
The KAC Main Gallery at the Old Courthouse is a year-round, non-curated space where visual artists and arts groups can host their own exhibition. Art Exposed Regional Exhibition is a multi-day open exhibition that showcases the work of more than 100 area artists of all ages and levels, working in all mediums. small// WORKS: a great big teeny tiny art show is an indoor exhibition in November / December that leads up to the holidays. We continue to seek out and develop new exhibition opportunities for our member artists.
The KAC offers Grants and Scholarships to artists, arts groups and arts students. Finally, the KAC’s Crossing Bridges Outreach Program works with local social service agencies to deliver arts workshops to children, youth and adults at risk and in crisis on a year-round basis.
Membership & Funding
The KAC’s membership consists of individual members, group members and honorary members and includes amateur and professional artists, arts organizations, philanthropists and arts admirers. Presently, the organization has approximately 550 members, 9 Board Directors, 2 Committees, numerous event-related working groups, 3 full-time staff and numerous program- and event-based contractors. We employ local artists whenever possible.
The KAC receives operational funding from the City of Kamloops and from the provincial government through the BC Arts Council. The KAC collects memberships and continually seeks funding for its various programs and events. The Kamloops Arts Council is community-based and grassroots. The organization has been, and will continue to be, a vital agency representing community artists while responding to their direct needs. Our purpose is to build a stronger cultural environment in which the arts, in all its forms, can develop, thrive and flourish.