Arts sustainability sessions coming up

People interested in keeping the arts community in Williams Lake strong and vibrant are invited to attend a special arts workshop on Sept. 24 and 25.

People interested in keeping the arts community in Williams Lake strong and vibrant are invited to attend a special arts workshop on Sept. 24 and 25.

The B.C. Arts Sustainability Semester workshop is a goal-oriented program designed to increase the capacity of B.C.’s non-profit arts and cultural organizations, says Leah Selk, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society co-ordinator.

“The purpose is to help organizations make progress toward increasing their economic sustainability and viability,” Selk says.

She says the society is hosting the workshop in partnership with Arts B.C. with funding support from the Canadian Heritage/Patrimoine Canadien and the B.C. Arts Council.

The semester includes a one-and-half day face-to-face learning event led by a team of experts, Selk says. Lori Baxter, Kathleen Speakman, and Sandra Thomson have specialized knowledge in the field of non-profit arts and culture.

Local experts will also be invited to participate as part of the content team.

“The content of each session will be customized based on key issues identified by participants in our region,” Selk says. “Following the face-to-face opportunities, the content team will provide ongoing support through one-on-one coaching, an online forum and follow-up conference calls.

“Through this process, organizations will begin to address their challenges, and improve their planning to meet their new goals.”

The arts centre is located next to City Hall in the old fire hall at 90 Fourth Ave. North.

For more information and to register for this free event, visit, or contact Leah Selk, CCACS coordinator at 778-412-9044 or


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