The Osoyoos Community Arts Council was incorporated in December 1981, and officially changed its name to the Osoyoos & District Arts Council, July 14, 1989.
The mission of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council is to increase and broaden opportunities to enjoy, participate and be enriched by arts and culture.
- Assist with coordinating the work and programs of artists and cultural associations
- Stimulate and encourage the development of cultural projects and activities
- Render service to members
- Act as a clearinghouse for information on cultural programs and activities
- Foster interest and pride in the cultural heritage of the community
- Interpret the work of cultural groups to promote public understanding
- Inform civic authorities of the cultural needs of the community
- Be fiscally responsible and sustainable in order to support business, provide funding opportunities and plan for growth regarding infrastructure, programming and personnel needs.
Meetings: The Osoyoos & District Arts Council Board meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month.
Committees:: The ART Gallery Osoyoos is run by a standing committee of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council. The gallery is totally operated by volunteers and host approximately 9 shows a year featuring Osoyoos and local area artists with occasional guest artists from further a field.
The Osoyoos Concert Series also run by a standing committee of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council. The Osoyoos Concert Series is totally operated by volunteers who coordinate and schedule 4 concerts at the Osoyoos Secondary School Community Theatre with performing artists from all over Canada.
Member Groups: Include the Osoyoos Potters, Artists on Main, Osoyoos Photography Club, Osoyoos Wood Carvers, the Osoyoos Quilters Guild, the South Okanagan Amateur Players (SOAP), South Okanagan Concert Series and Janet Marcotte Music Studio and Osoyoos Music in the Park.
Awards and Bursaries: The Osoyoos and District gives a yearly a $500 bursary to the Osoyoos Secondary School and the Dorothy Fraser Music Award for the highest mark in the Conservatory of Canada exams.
New for 2019: An awards banquet was held in conjunction with the AGM.
Provincial government tours Osoyoos
Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture , Lisa Beare and two members of her office attended the Arts Centre in Osoyoos on Sunday, June 23/19 for a tour of the facilities offered by the Osoyoos & District Arts Council & the Town of Osoyoos.
In attendance were Mayor Sue McKortoff & members of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council, The Art Gallery Osoyoos, theOsoyoos Concert Series, the Osoyoos Potters, the Artists on Main, the Osoyoos Woodcarvers & the Osoyoos Quilters Guild .
Minister Beare was keenly interested in the Arts community in Osoyoos and marvelled at the amount of talent displayed within the Gallery and the various clubs.
Touring the Club Studios and Work Rooms
Past President of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council,
Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award Winner
2018 Dorothy Fraser Memorial Award Winner
Presented at a recital in the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre on Wednesday, February 27 by Mrs. Janet Marcotte, a long time member of the Osoyoos & District Arts Council. Sixteen year old Kaelyn Burton is this year’s recipient. She achieved the mark of 85% on her Grade Five Conservatory Canada piano exam during the year of 2018. The memorial plaque will be displayed at the Osoyoos Art Centre.
For more information on The Dorothy Fraser Memorial Award go to the Janet Marcotte Music Studio page.
Community Events: The Osoyoos & District Arts Council participates in community events and this past October gave out candy to children in front of The ART Gallery Osoyoos during the “Trick or Treat on Main Street” event.
Funding: The “Quail Family” project by 3 of the Artists on Main was patricianly funded by the Arts Council. The Quail Family has become a major attraction on the lawn of the Osoyoos Arts Centre at the corner of 89th and Main Streets.
Osoyoo Arts Centre