We’re so lucky to have so many talented artists and performers here in Williams Lake and throughout the Cariboo.
Many of our great local musicians will be showcasing their skills at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake as part of this year’s Performances in the Park. This family-friendly event runs every Thursday evening through Aug. 25 and features a great lineup of local musicians. From alternative to blues to world beats, there’s a genre for everyone to enjoy.
What’s more, the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake will set up a Children’s Art Corner during each performance night and there will be food vendors as well. In addition, the performance nights from August 4th to August 25th will feature exhibitions by Arty the Art Walker as part of the 2016 Art Walk and Sale.
A big thanks to the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society for organizing this great event with the support of the Cariboo Regional District, the City of Williams Lake and other local sponsors. You’re helping to showcase the talents of our established local artists as well as up-and-coming talent.
Our government certainly strives to do the same, through various grants that help artists create and share their work. Our community gaming grant program provides funds to local non-profit arts and culture organizations to assist with their operations. Since 2013, groups in Williams Lake have received $215,000.
The B.C. Arts Council also provides funds for professional artists and arts organizations, community initiatives, training and scholarships. The council was established by the Province in 1995 to provide support for arts and culture activities in B.C. and enable people to participate in them. Since 2013, $45,500 has been awarded to arts groups and individuals in Williams Lake.
I encourage you to celebrate our great local talent by coming out to Performances in the Park — or by attending one of the many exhibitions, craft fairs or other arts and culture events taking place in our community in the coming months!
Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.