Campbell River Arts Council
The Campbell River Community Arts Council (CRCAC) is a registered society and a registered charity that works behind the scenes to enhance the cultural life of the community They partner with many community organizations, liaise with service groups and various levels of government, and are the umbrella group for many local arts and culture organizations, such as the Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River and District Museum, Tidemark Theatre and more.
16 hours ago
💦Rain and 🔥Fire: A Festival of Story was a three-day Festival created through provincial funding to celebrate the legacy of the 2010 Olympics. Campbell River’s tourism and economic development strategies had always desired (and still do!) to build a ‘shoulder season’ festival, one that might be attractive in our off seasons. As 💦RAIN💦 is a big part of our winter experience, the Arts Council chose to create a Festival to celebrate our plentiful rains.
💬An experiment to host events both indoors and outdoors throughout downtown (in February!), the Festival focused on ‘storytelling’ in its widest definition. Performance art, poetry readings, sculpture, visual art, dance and music were all seen as examples of how to tell stories.
🎪Heated tents were erected in Spirit Square for poetry readings and an ‘art barrel’ contained a wood fire to warm visitors. Events were held at the Campbell River Community Centre, Tidemark Theatre, Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River Museum and Spirit Square. Featured artists included Mother Mother, Harold Rhenisch, Richard Mackie, Matt Rader, Captain Thunderpants, Fire Spinners, Jim Leishman, Patricia Robertson, the Henderson Family Dance Group amongst others. Danny and Laverne Henderson opened the Festival with a song and blessing. Poetry was placed on business windows throughout the downtown, with the theme of ‘rain’ and ‘fire’. A fire spinning performance was held in Spirit Square on the Saturday night.💫
❄️As is typical for Campbell River, the weather didn’t quite cooperate – it snowed! Our amazing geography has a mind of its own 🤦♀️ ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
📜Throughout the leadup to the launch of the Sustainable Official Community Plan in February of 2012, the Arts Council encouraged the design of the document to represent a ‘living document’. Creativity in the design of documents can be a key factor in their success.
💡The Arts Council proposed the creation of an image that would collectively form the entire document itself. Alex Witcombe and Ken Blackburn came up with a ‘blueprint’ design that represented all aspects of Campbell River. The blueprint was created so that the SOCP document could be dismantled page by page and reconnected to form the entire image – well over 20’ in length. This way the document itself was seen as a form of public art, one that could be mounted and displayed in public sites – a ‘living document’.
😭The consulting company hired to put together the document resisted the idea. A compromise was struck whereby the image was broken up and used for title pages for each section. Sadly an approach that missed the point.
🚩However the ‘blueprint’ image did serve as the original image for the first banners in Spirit Square (2012), achieving a sense of the SOCP as alive within public art. They still hang in Spirit Square today. It was also used as a wrap for one of the water transfer boxes, part of the ‘Box Wrap’ Program of the Arts Council.
🙌The Arts Council continues to encourage the use of public art as a vehicle to express visions and strategies contained within city planning documents and initiatives. ... See MoreSee Less