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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Rural Artist Support Weekend

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Civic Theatre and Spirit Bar

Nelson, BC



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


In the fall of 2016 the Nelson & District Arts Council (NDAC) hosted an Arts and Poverty Forum in partnership with the Civic Theatre. From that roundtable discussion it was determined that a major need of local and regional artists is education on the business of being an artist. In collaboration with the Civic Theatre Screen Based Industry Initiative, NDAC will be providing local artists with a free weekend symposium featuring speakers from the business and granting community.

This symposium will provide an opportunity for local artists to better their business practices, which in turn will better themselves as artists. We would be providing resources that artists can often find difficulty accessing. It will offer tools that artists rarely take advantage of, and at zero cost. By strengthening the knowledge base of our local artists, we are empowering them with skills that will be beneficial to the entire community. Also, in offering a venue for our artists needs to be heard we are supporting them, which will only strengthen the cultural climate of the region.

Area Artists are the backbone of our cultural excellence and we as a community need to provide them with more opportunities to educate themselves and to feel heard and supported. Many artists can find the business of art a daunting undertaking, and not understanding the business of art can be a massive barrier on the road to success. This weekend will assist with breaking down that barrier.

The Rural Artist Support Weekend is presented with support from CreativeBC, the BC Touring Council, The Province of BC, Regional District Area F, the City of Nelson, the BC Arts Council and the Columbia Basin Trust.


Nelson and District Arts Council and the Civic Theatre

To stimulate, broaden, encourage and facilitate the continuing development of arts and culture opportunities, projects and activities in Nelson and District.

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) is a registered non-profit organization that was formed in 1969 as the Kootenay-Columbia Arts Council. The regional area of NDAC spans from South Slocan to the North Shore, Procter and Queens Bay, and from Nelson to Apex, and includes all communities within these boundaries. The Council has both individual and group members that draw from the greater cultural community throughout its area. Groups and individuals represent music, theatre, dance, film, and the visual and literary arts, including festival promoters and heritage organizations.


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