Arts community keeps our city vibrant

Mayor's Message: It's shaping up to be a cultural summer.

by Nancy Cooper/columnist

We often think of the great athletes in our midst and the sports events we can take part in or attend.

However, we also have incredible artistic talent in this area and it is shaping up to be a cultural summer!

SAGA Gallery will feature the world-renowned artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller in July and August. We are truly privileged to have the opportunity to see their show right here in Salmon Arm!

I have been reading the local papers and am pleased to see a strong lineup of performers booked for the Roots and Blues festival in August.

Haney Heritage Village is hosting their always popular dinner theatre and I am certain many of us will take in Caravan Farm Theatre’s summer production.

I spent this past weekend helping with the first fundraising event for a new performing arts centre. Harry and I were volunteer ticket sellers and attended every performance of the Tribute to Leonard Cohen. Audiences at each of the sold out performances gave the talented group a well-deserved standing ovation.

Recently I looked up the council meeting minutes of the Shuswap Theatre Society’s current building purchase and request for funding from council.

The minutes of the Monday June 23, 1980 council meeting states: “Mr. James Bowlby of the Shuswap Theatre Society, read brief in support of the Theatre Society’s proposal to purchase and renovate the former Shuswap Radiator building on Hudson Street” at a total cost of $172,000.

Council granted $50,000 toward the purchase of the building which I understand is close to being fully repaid to the City.

For many years Salmon Arm has been blessed with wonderful performances, productions and exhibits as a result of the hard work and dedication of local arts groups.

In closing, I hope you all enjoy some culture this summer!

– Nancy Cooper is the mayor of the City of Salmon Arm

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