Arts Council president Marg Evans with old  city banners made into shopping bags

Arts Council president Marg Evans with old city banners made into shopping bags

Arts council launches logo contests

The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake is inspired to break-out of its shell and emerge with a new energy and look.

The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake is inspired to break-out of its shell and emerge with a new energy and look.

Motivated to re-brand, revitalize and renew its image the group is hosting two logo contests, one for children’s events and the other to replace the existing main logo.

“In an age when sharing artistic works has become as easy as a ‘click of the mouse,’ we of the CACWL are reaching out to those who may wish to become more involved in the arts,” says council president Marg Evans

The competition launches on March 23.

Elementary students are eligible to enter for the youth logo, senior students are encouraged to enter in both categories, while the public is eligible to enter only for the main logo, Evans says.

“Our focus currently is on expanding youth opportunities in the arts and encouraging all ages to try something new,” Evans says.

She says the arts council is proud to sponsor youth arts events in the community, such as Art in the Park, Art Camp, and youth sponsorships in schools and at Performances in the Park.

Entrants are asked to re-imagine and re-brand the CACWL logo, and bring the organization into the current era with colour and style.

Winners and honourable mentions will be announced through the local media and the council’s online presence.

There is a $100 cash prize for the main logo and a $50 prize for the youth events logo.

People’s choice awards will also be celebrated.

Although the current logo holds some history, the CACWL is hopeful that the new logo will capture the essence of the organization and its mandate, Evans says.

The Community Arts Council is now host to 15 member groups, and many individual members, supporting a broad diversity of arts in the council’s operations.

The current logo is a symbol of the one organization branching into and supporting the member groups, a key role in the council’s mandate. Evans says the board  hopes the theme of support, creativity and diversity will also be represented in the new logos.

Along with the re-branding initiative, the CACWL is expanding on other successful  projects this year, such as Art-Bombing the downtown; expanding Culture Days, Canada’s nationwide weekend arts celebration; supporting the Earth-Friendly Holiday Event; and expanding the ground mural in Boitanio Park for Aboriginal Day celebrations.

“We are undertaking a fact-finding survey of our user groups and the public, to help us direct the programs of the future,” Evans says.

“The arts scene is bustling and the CACWL is proud to be an active part. I’ve found that winters and break up in the Cariboo-Chilcotin go by much easier when there is some project I am working on, or an event I am collaborating with other artists on to help ‘colour our communities.’ It’s about lightening the heart through art and the creative process.”

For contest rules and regulations go to www.williamslakecommunityartscouncil.com.

The arts council also has a Facebook page and can be contacted at Arts Council of Williams Lake, Box 4537, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2V5; by telephone to Venta Rutkauskas, administrative assistant at 250-790-2331; Marg Evans, president at 250-989-1234 or by e-mail at williamslakearts@gmail.com