ArtSea – previously the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula – thanks you for your ongoing interest in the arts and your past support. ArtSea believes that art and culture enable us to build diverse communities and improve our quality of life.
Our Arts and Culture:
• Contribute to health and well-being in the places we live and work.
• Help us to understand the past and shape the future.
• Inspire us to open our minds to new ideas.
• Help engage our youth in the education system.
• Boost our local economy.
• Bring recognition to our community.
Participating in and supporting local arts events create a new understanding of cultural value, the essential contribution that arts and culture makes to our lives.
Many artists live and work on the Peninsula and ArtSea has a mandate to support them all in their endeavours. The Sidney Fine Art Show, Artisans Gift Gallery, ArtSea Festival and Studio Tour and shows at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park are just some of the events we present. A new and exciting focus is to increase community engagement by presenting opportunities to everyone in the community to take an active part in arts activities. More will be announced in 2018.
You will read some of the inspiring stories from those who have benefited from ArtSea membership and grants in the past year.
Please help us continue this vital work by considering a donation to ArtSea this year. You may also want to include us in your estate planning – please contact your lawyer or estate planner for details on how to do this. ArtSea is a registered charitable organization #88888 7262 RR0001
Thank you for making it possible for ArtSea to continue to make arts and culture programs an integral part of what makes the Saanich Peninsula a wonderful place to live and work.
Diane Thorp, President
ArtSea Community Arts Council
Some of Our Member Groups
“Deep Cove Folk Music Society Gives Back
Deep Cove Folk (DCF) is a group whose purpose is to bring acoustic music to the Saanich peninsula and have been doing so of the past 30 years. In the 1990s, the organization went through some difficult financial times but with a grant from CACSP, recovered and in the past 10 years have flourished to the point where some profits were realized. Being a registered non-profit society, the directors have chosen to distribute the profits to other worthy organizations. As examples, in 2015 DCF donated $2000 to ArtSea (CASCP) for their Music in the Schools Program and $1000 to the Deep Cove Market to pay for the music entertainment at weekly summer Farmers Market. In 2017 a donation of $1500 was made in support of an outdoor music stage that the Brentwood Bay Community Association was leading. Each year for the past five years, DCF has held a guitar raffle with half the proceeds going to youth group of the St John’s United Church (where the DCF monthly concerts are held) and typically contribute $400-500 annually to the group. Deep Cove Folk Music Society are grateful to CACSP and are pleased to give back to the community.”
Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival
Sidney’s known for its sellout crowds at cultural events. It was no different for the third Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. Book lovers and writers flocked to the Festival. Evening events and the popular Breakfast with the Authors sold out early as did Charlotte Gill’s writing workshop. Wine and appetizers, included in the ticket price to evening events, helped contribute to the festive atmosphere. An audible excited “buzz” filled the Winspear’s Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery during intermissions. Book sales, courtesy of Tanner’s Books, were brisk and authors busily signed copies.
Audience response was overwhelmingly positive, with many going out of their way to complement the organizers and dedicated volunteers. Invited to fill out evaluation surveys, audience members indicated a 90% satisfaction rate and showed great enthusiasm for the event.
“Just loved the three events I attended. This is one of the most stimulating times I have had, living in Sidney, the past 13 years.”
“Great weekend. Just loved the young authors, Anosh Irani and Scaachi Koul.”
The Festival could not take place without the generous support of granting agencies and local businesses. ArtSea Community Arts Council has been a strong supporter since the Festival’s inception in 2013.
Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild
Each year ArtSea provides the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild with a generous grant that enables us to expand our reach within the community. The Guild represents 55 professional sculptors working on the Peninsula and lower Vancouver Island. Through the support of ArtSea we are able to put on a variety of workshops for our members and bring in quest artists with valuable expertise to share amongst our members, adding to our professional development as artists. The Guild is also very active in supporting community shows and sculptural exhibitions to the benefit of participating artists and the community at large. One of our more notable contributions to the community has been the continued support of the Sidney Waterfront Sculpture Walk. Individual artists have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of original art works for the direct benefit of the community. Our art makes the Town of Sidney a more enriching and memorable place to visit.
Eine Kleine Summer Music
Eine Kleine Summer Music, (EKSM), is the longest established summer classical music event in greater Victoria. ArtSea’s sponsorship helped to celebrate EKSM’s 30th anniversary this summer which included two concerts at the Church & State Wines, (Brentwood Bay), and a new CD launch by EKSM’s Muse Ensemble. EKSM has always embraced the idea of making chamber music less forbidding and more accessible.
ArtSea’s contribution helps volunteer driven EKSM to keep the prices as low as possible to allow seniors, students as well as the general public to enjoy top quality performances by artists amongst the finest in BC as well as distinguished guests brought in from other parts of the world.
Grace Kamitakahara, President
Eine Kleine Summer Music
We wish to thank ArtSea very much for your grant to our group. We enjoy singing at the retirement homes, the care facilities and the hospital and your grant helps with paying our rent, buying music, paying for the travel costs of our accompanist and other expenses.
Music seems to stay with people long after other things have been forgotten and our audience often sings along with us. It’s a most gratifying experience and we are so glad that we can continue to provide this entertainment.
Thank you again for the grant. We appreciate your help very much.
for the Sidney Serenaders
Palm Court Light Orchestra
The grants from ArtSea make us part of the community.
for the Palm Court Orchestra
Sidney Concert Society – Sidney Classical Orchestra
We are very reliant on grants from arts organizations and ArtSea’s contribution is important to our ongoing funding efforts.
We shall continue to recognize your funding support in our advertising and program material using your new logo.
On behalf of the Sidney Concert Society,
Alan Eastwood, Treasurer