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Register Now! Copyright for Artists - Free Workshop

With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what's fair to use or what others can use of ours? Recent court cases with Canadian artists emphasize the importance of understanding copyright. Presenting and accessing creative works - art, photography, video, writing, music - is easier than ever and this has major implications on how we choose to showcase our creative output. From understanding copyright and its applications for creators to fair dealing and fair use, lawyer and copyright expert Martha Rans will unravel the shifting and evolving legal issues that need to be a major part of your business as an artist. This workshop is recommended for all creators: visual artists, media artists, composers, writers, performing artists, and photographers and is approximately 1.5 hours in length, plus Q & A.

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Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

The Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin was created over ten years ago by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council as a grassroots effort to provide a free community service to support the arts, culture and heritage community throughout the Kootenays. Public events, news, advocacy and funding opportunities - if its Kootenay arts and culture, it's here! Our aim is to make the information more accessible. Get your arts, culture and heritage news from throughout the whole region in one location at your convenience.

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Dancing on the Edge - Thanks to Those Who Make It All Possible

Dancing on the Edge would like to give special appreciation to the over 1000s of Artists, Donors and Funders who make it possible to continue our festival over the years – specifically helping us present dance artists from Vancouver and across Canada who create new choroegraphy and represent different voices in our community. Dance can't change the world—only people can change the world. But dance can be used as a catalyst for conversation and change.

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(Columbia Basin) – Over 150 arts and culture projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $751,000 in funding support for the 2018-19 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

2018-2019 Funded Projects

"It's exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the Trust funding through the CKCA. It's also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts and culture community across the region," said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Chair.

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, touring and major exhibition projects.

"Residents have told us that a strong arts and culture sector is an important part of life in the Basin," said Michelle d'Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting these projects means artists and organizations get the help they need to further their work and residents benefit from a culturally vibrant region."

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. For a list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at www.basinculture.com or call 1-877-505-7355.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

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Photo cutline: Starbelly Jam Performance from 2018 summer event.

Louis Bockner Starbelly Jam 2018

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This is a very powerful and imporant work which may help inform your work in the arts, culture and heritage sector. It was forwarded to me by Duff Sutherland, SCFA.

Reconciliation Canada is also a great resource for further information, programs, workshops and speakers: ReconciliationCanada.ca

Read The Manual

As part of a commitment to implement the TRC recommendations FPSE has produced, Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The manual was also inspired by the work and activism of the indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel. You may remember that Arthur Manuel spoke at the college a couple of years ago as part of FPSE/SCFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee's speaker series.

The manual consists of short articles by mostly indigenous writers about the profoundly destructive impact of colonialism on their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. There are articles about the effect of being dispossessed from traditional lands, the regime of the Indian Act, schooling of children, the treaty process, the suppression of indigenous law, culture and world view, and missing and murdered indigenous women. There are also articles about resurgence and resistance, and the pathway to reconciliation through decolonization.

The manual concludes with Justice Murray Sinclair's 2017 convocation speech at TRU's Law School in which he tells graduates that, "you have to believe that doing something about this history is the right thing to do and you have to be fearless in doing what you can."

The cover includes a quotation from Arthur Manuel, "wishing you a wonderful experience decolonizing yourself." There was laughter about that at the official launch of the manual at Emily Carr University in March.

The manual is 78 pages long; I read it in an evening. To me it provides good context for discussions about indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.


2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2018 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 ($500 production budget + $500 Artist Honorarium) to present a Culture Days activity and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29, and 30.


Changes to the BC Society Act


Law For Non Profits

The new Societies Act is here. Today we launch our free on-demand Webinar on Vimeo, and information about the Law for Non Profits Transition Hubs.

Here is a one-page flyer with the links and information. Please forward to your network, or print and post where it is relevant for others:



January 8, 2016

Columbia Basin Trust commits 15 per cent increase to support local projects

(Columbia Basin) – Community projects will be getting access to more funds this spring through Columbia Basin Trust's popular Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs. The Trust announced a 15 per cent increase from $3.6 million per year throughout the Basin, to over $4.2 million per year for each of the next five years.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with local governments and First Nations to identify local priorities and deliver benefits to Basin communities," said Neil Muth, President and CEO. "The ultimate goal is to support the projects that are important to residents, and we know this increase will help communities do more."

Started in 1998, these programs are the Trust's longest running granting programs designed to help address the needs of Basin communities. The Trust distributes funds to local government and First Nation partners once a year, and communities then use various methods—from local council decisions to votes from residents—to decide which projects will receive grants.

"We are very pleased that CBT has decided to increase the funding for this program," said Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee. "Over the past 18 years, the program has provided significant support for many community projects that could not have proceeded without the funds provided by the Trust, and these projects have really benefitted our residents and improved their quality of life in many ways."

"From Better Babies to seniors programs, educational initiatives, environmental projects and community hall renovations, the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs have provided critical support to a broad range of projects that have directly benefited the residents in our communities," says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. "Every year we are over-subscribed, and the increase in funding is fantastic news as it will allow even more people to benefit from these valuable programs."

The new five-year commitment totals over $21 million and extends to 2021.

To learn more about the programs and view upcoming deadlines visit cbt.org/cipaap.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs: Annual Funding 2016/17–2020/21

All areas receive Community Initiatives funding, while the communities and areas around the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa reservoirs which were most affected by the construction of the Treaty dams, also receive Affected Areas funding.

Local Government Annual Funding
City of Revelstoke $404,269
Ktunaxa Nation Council (four bands) $144,900
Shuswap Band $36,225
Regional District of Central Kootenay $1,486,213
Regional District of East Kootenay $1,197,531
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary $354,973
Town of Golden $325,562
Village of Valemount $261,950

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News


  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Tom Wayman (photo by Jude Dillon) Understanding the importance of the setting for every type of creative writing will be the focus of a workshop for fiction and non-fiction authors and poets to be held in Nakusp, BC on Saturday, … Continue reading

Looking for something to brighten up these dark winter nights? Roar with laughter at the brilliant Bushel and Peck on Jan. 18!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Trail & District Arts Council’s E2 Series presents Bushel and Peck Friday, January 18 at 7:30 pm at The Bailey Theatre This Friday – one show only! Don’t miss out on Bushel and Peck – E2: Experiments in Entertainment this Friday … Continue reading

Columbia Basin Trust: Apply today for a Public Art Grant!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The Best Art Podcasts You Should be Listening to in 2019

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Have you ever wished you could invite your favorite artist out to dinner? Maybe pick the brain of a curator over a cup of coffee? What insights would you gain from a one-on-one conversation with an artist that has been … Continue reading

Full time employment opportunity at KHC

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Financial & Office Administrator Employment Opportunity at Kicking Horse Culture / Art Gallery of Golden. KHC is looking to hire an experienced and well qualified person to provide full cycle bookkeeping services and efficient administration of our cultural programs and office … Continue reading

Updated Registration Page❗ Join us for a tour of GrantStation’s Database of Grant Makers!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Tour the GrantStation Website to Develop a Grantseeking Strategy!   Hi there! The last email we sent out had the wrong registration link! Please use the registration link in this email instead. Did you know GrantStation has spent the past year … Continue reading

Why it matters that the US has withdrawn from UNESCO.

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

At Global Heritage Fund, I work every day to save historic places and special sites throughout the world. That’s why I was disappointed to learn that the government of the United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific … Continue reading

Island Mountain Arts: New music, exhibitions, workshops & festival news!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

‘The 100 Houses Project: Reflections on Our Times’ by Mo Hamilton  Friday, January 25th to Sunday, March 10th, 2019 Exhibition Announcement & Artist Talk Mo Hamilton is a multidisciplinary artist from Prince George, influenced by notions of displacement, resulting from … Continue reading

Complete the 2019 Canadian Entrepreneurship Census to win big!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Tell us how Canada can better support YOU to start-up, find customers, make sales, and reach your business goals. The census takes just 15 minutes. Every entrepreneur who completes the census will receive free tickets to International Women’s Day, gain early and express … Continue reading

Theatrical Workshop with Bushel & Peck!

  Wednesday January 16, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Snow is falling — what better time to get silly?! RCAC invites you to join Bushel & Peck this Saturday, January 19th, at Miners’ Hall for a theatrical workshop focused on Clown, Physical Comedy, and Improvisation. You’ll learn how to … Continue reading

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