Each month 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 David P. Olds.
Why did you get involved?
I originally became a member of the Kamloops Arts Council because I was considering becoming a part of the board of directors, but once I joined the Arts Council it was apparent that the reasons were much more beneficial than originally anticipated. Jenn was immediately there to help me with my online profile and any questions I had. What a great bunch of people.
Tell us about your artwork:
I currently co-own and run The Bassment, a home concert venue with a twist. Our location is a full on performing space complete with lighting, smoke lasers and professional sound equipment. We have now started to attract more well know artists to our location including Juno award winners. I also play in a fun band with friends and spend quite a bit of time in my studio working with my daughter who is an emerging folk pop artist.
What are you looking forward to this upcoming year? A special show or project you’re working on?
I really have two hot buttons this year. One is put on by the Kamloops arts Council and the other is a concert at our venue. The Arts Council event that I am really stoked over is Art in the Dark. Last year’s event was so amazing, I was totally blown away by the entire event and can’t wait to be part of it this year. The second is a concert at our venue (The Bassment) with Sean Burns and Kris Ulrich. Both of these musicians are incredibly talented and have played and toured all over. It’s a show I have been waiting for since they played last year.
Why is it important to support the arts?
Arts are crucial in the community and not only enrich our lives through many different mediums, but also educate us in ways not possible by conventional means. Without support from individuals and businesses the arts would not have the same ability to reach the broad spectrum of people, and eventually die.
What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a member with the Kamloops Arts Council?
I fully encourage people to become members of the Kamloops Arts Council, especially if they are a family. The family rate is incredible and the benefits more than out way the cost. Oh yeah did I mention Art in the Dark? It’s going to be awesome.