Throughout the year the Kamloops Arts Council profiles a different member or donor, so that you can get to know the diverse and talented community that makes up the KAC. This month we feature Project X Theatre Company.
How long has your group been involved with the Kamloops Arts Council?
We have been proud members of the Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) since 2014, but have been participating in their fabulous events like Art in the Park for much longer.
Why did you get involved?
We got involved in the KAC so that we could have access to their fantastic opportunities like Art in the Park, various grants, workshops, space rental, and online directory.
Tell us about your artwork:
Project X Theatre produces X Fest every summer in Prince Charles Park. We feature two family-friendly shows that often feature literary adaptations staged in beautiful and creative ways. Every summer our company employs over 20 emerging and seasoned artists, many of whom are local to Kamloops who work tirelessly to bring our 3 week July festival to life for thousands of audience members.
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year?
We are very excited about X Fest 2017!! This summer we are featuring The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s books adapted by Greg Banks and Rapunzel by Mike Kenny. This season offers unique spins on well-loved classic and we can’t wait to delight Kamloops audiences with these magical tales.
We are also very excited about our partnership with the KAC’s Rivertown Players. The three students have been working tirelessly on their summer season an audiences are going to be delighted by the shows that they have come up with this summer.
Why is it important to support the arts?
The arts are such an important part of the fabric of our society!! Teaching and performing for youth has given us opportunity to see the dramatic impact involvement in the arts has on young people and their capacity to develop empathy, confidence, and a sense community/belonging. Anytime you decide to go to a show, buy a piece of handmade art, or hire an artist you are supporting creativity, freedom, and individual expression.
What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a member with the Kamloops Arts Council?
Absolutely DO IT! You will not find better support, better fostering, or better cheerleaders! They are truly dedicated to serving the community and assisting local artists and organizations!!