Strengthening our arts and cultural life in the region

Task force preparing planning document

Members of the cultural planning task force met on February 8 to begin the process of preparing a vision for the future of the arts and culture of the Sooke region. Pictured are Judy Gilligan

Members of the cultural planning task force met on February 8 to begin the process of preparing a vision for the future of the arts and culture of the Sooke region. Pictured are Judy Gilligan

Task force preparing planning document

The arts and cultural life of the Sooke region, stretching from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew, is up for review.

A group of about 25 volunteers involved in the cultural life of the community have come together to discuss, work on and produce a final report on the state of the arts and culture in the region — a vision for the future.

Based on the responses from the Arts Wave survey conducted last year, the Sooke Region Cultural Planning Task force has made it their mission to produce a cultural resource map which would be used by organizations, the District of Sooke, the JDF electoral area and others when applying for grants. The committee will have a planning document which would be useful for the next three years.

“The planning document will seek to find solutions to common problems, express concerns and explore options,” said Sooke Fine Arts Society representative Evonne Black who is coordinating and chairing the meetings. “That is what we are trying to achieve.”

There is no plan in the works for any type of arts centre, building or gallery, although this may be identified as a long-term goal.

Grants were obtained for the task and volunteers are being used, except for Sarah Temple from the district municipal office who is being paid to take care of the administrative end of things. The grant money will be used for the production of the report.

“We are working on a cultural plan for the entire community,” said Black.

Black stressed that they would “be honest and open in all our communications,” and they will “seek and instill a sense of common ownership in the plan.”

A broad spectrum of folks from across the arts and cultural palette of Sooke and region are on board.

The task force is made up of an array of community members including representatives from such groups as the Shirley Community Association, Sooke Arts Council, Sooke Folk Music Society, Carole Cave Dance Studio, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra Society, the longboats, Edward Milne Community School and others.

The report will include aspects of the region’s economic drivers, venues, and people resources as well as its needs and wants. The hope is that when the District of Sooke is putting together its budget, they will take input from the arts and cultural community.

“In the end we are trying to influence decisions made in the community regarding arts and culture with a joint voice, if there is money to spend,” said Black.

The task force will be looking to the residents of the Sooke region to be a part of the final report. There will be a photography contest and shutterbugs can have their photographs published in the final report. The stipulation is that the digital photo be taken this year and it has to be of an arts/cultural event or performance. More details to follow at a later date.

All of the planning meetings are open to the public.

Just Posted

Royal Bay Secondary School students paint the crosswalk in front of their school in support of LGBTQ and marginalized members of the community (Royal Bay Secondary School photo)
Senior student leaves mark at Royal Bay Secondary School for LGBTQ+ students

Crosswalk at Colwood school painted in support of marginalized community members

Comedy balloon artist Mike Dada of Sidney hands two-year-old Mila Yiau a balloon flower as she holds the hand of her mother Hannah Liao at Sunday’s street market in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney Street Market parks in temporary location for 2021

Market open Sundays at Mary Winspear parking through Oct. 10

The Capital Regional District has approved its plan that aims to reduce its total waste by about a third by 2030. (Black Press Media file photo)
CRD board approves plan aimed at cutting waste by a third by 2030

Solid Waste Management Plan to start tackling Greater Victoria’s largest waste sources

The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fine Arts Show to have a virutal walk-through gallery for 35th year

Longest-running show on Vancouver Island aims for 300 pieces in an online gallery

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is working with several Vancouver Island art councils on the Digitial Innovation Group to improve digital skills for Island artists. (Submitted photo)
Arts group promotes digital literacy for Island artists

The goal is to leverage digital skills to promote Vancouver Island as an ‘arts powerhouse’

Italian-Canadian prisoners at the Kananaskis prisoner of war camp in Alberta. (University of Calgary/Contributed)
Italian moved to Okanagan with hope; he ended up being sent to a WWII internment camp

Raymond Lenzi shares his grandfather’s story ahead of Canada’s planned formal apology to Italian-Canadians

Then-minister Rich Coleman, escorted by Victoria Police, makes his way to the east wing amid a protest blocking the legislature entrances before the throne speech in Victoria, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. money laundering inquiry testimony ends today with reappearance of Rich Coleman

Responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, Coleman been recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month

Colin Dowler rests in hospital recuperating from wounds suffered from a grizzly bear attack north of Campbell River. He was able to end the struggle by stabbing the bear in the neck with a knife like the one he is holding. Photo submitted
‘Bad-ass dude that took on a grizzly bear’ doesn’t let 2019 B.C. attack bring him down

Campbell River’s Colin Dowler gets on with his life as his rehabilitation continues

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport in Richmond, B.C. on Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Meeting police chance to get sense of ‘frustrating’ gang violence situation: minister

Mike Farnworth met with police representatives Thursday following a recent spate of shootings

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue manager Ken Neden, as he goes over the events of the Qualicum Falls river rescue on Dec. 12, 2020, for a United Kingdom television program “Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera’. (Mandy Moraes photo)
TV show spreading news of daring B.C. river rescue across the world

Arrowsmith SAR trio share their accounts for ‘Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera’

Shane Ertmoed’s application for Escorted Temporary Absences was granted following a hearing May 4, 2021. (File photo)
B.C. child-killer an ‘average’ risk to sexually reoffend: Parole Board

Written reasons behind approval of Shane Ertmoed’s request for escorted absences shared

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Most Read