A panel at a previous Rural Artist Weekend. Photo: Emilee Wheeler/ Electrify Photography

A panel at a previous Rural Artist Weekend. Photo: Emilee Wheeler/ Electrify Photography

Online weekend workshops support rural artists in West Kootenay

Series runs Oct. 23 and 24

Submitted by the Nelson and District Arts Council

On Oct. 23 and 24, the Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC), in collaboration with the Civic Theatre will be providing local artists with a free virtual symposium featuring presentations on career development, grant writing, marketing, and more.

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on artists of all disciplines. Through this event, the NDAC hopes to provide them with professional resources that will help them manage and grow the business aspect of their craft. The following workshops are available free of charge via both Facebook live and Zoom.

Oct. 23

Noon-1 p.m. Grant Writing Basics, with Beth Oldham of B.C. Rural Development Consultants

1-2 p.m. Success and Rejection: The Lowdown on Finding a Home for Your Creative Projects with Leesa Dean, author/educator

2-3 p.m. COVID Safety with Actsafe, with Don Parman of the Actsafe Safety Association

Oct. 24

Noon-1 p.m. Digital Collaboration and Streaming, with Dave Ronald of All Ears Music Production

1-2 p.m. Intro to Amplify BC Funding Programs with Kaitlyn Reining of Creative BC

2-3 p.m. Indie Musician’s Toolkit, with Melody Diachun, musician/educator

3-4 p.m. PR Campaigns For Artists 101, with Mavis Harris of Nice Marmot PR

Artists are the backbone of Nelson’s cultural excellence and NDAC is excited to provide more opportunities for education and support. NDAC recommends that artists register for the Zoom sessions for the optimal experience, but everyone is welcome to tune in via Facebook Live as well. To register for the Zoom sessions, visit www.ndac.ca/RASW. Workshops will also be livestreamed to the NDAC’s Facebook page: @nelsonanddistrictartscouncil.

The Rural Artist Support Weekend is presented with the generous support of the City of Nelson, Creative BC, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, British Columbia Arts Council, and NDAC.