April 15, 2020
Renewed commitment to deliver arts culture to the Cowichan Valley.
April 15, 2020
“It’s business as unusual for Cowichan Valley Arts Council,” says CVAC President Janet Magdanz. “While the priorities are to keep up health and social distancing amid the challenges of a global pandemic, we have renewed commitment to deliver arts culture to the Cowichan Valley.”
With Portals galleries shut by closure of Cowichan Community Centre, CVAC executive met online for two hours March 25 via Zoom. The board engineered plans for continued momentum of programs — including adaptations likely to enhance offerings long after Covid-19 passes.
First dealing with keeping artist and public members informed; seeing paid staff into assistance programs; adjusting time frames on gallery rental contracts and putting gallery shows and receptions on hold, the board launched into converting its 50th annual flagship fine arts show to an online event with boundless patron potential.
The May 5-22 virtual show includes an unveiling of the new CVAC website and will offer up-close-and-personal video glimpses of artists and their studios — not normally part of gallery exhibits. As in galleries both real and virtual, creative works of the artists are the mainstay draw.
“Safe to say, once the pandemic has been tamed, we will be changed forever — and for better — with integration of ‘new’ media.” said the CVAC president. “It will enhance delivery of everything from youth mentoring and cultural programs, to workshops and speakers presentations.
“In such unconventional times it is heartening to feel so much hope and excitement in fostering the joy of art in our community and beyond.”