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Penticton Arts Council appoints new Executive Director

Penticton, BC – The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is pleased to announce that they have
appointed their new Executive Director – Vaelei Walkden-Brown. Vaelei takes over the position from Lynn Allin, who became the Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association in late July.
“We are very happy and excited to welcome Vaelei to this position,” says Eric Hanston, President of the
Penticton Arts Council Board of Directors. “We’ve been extremely impressed with the work that Vaelei
has done over the past 14 months with her art gallery – the 557 Artist Block. Her energy and advocacy for
the local arts scene fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s mission, and vision for the future of the arts in
“I am honored to be given this opportunity to work as an advocate and representative for the amazing art
community of Penticton and district.” says Walkden-Brown. “I look forward to continuing to build
awareness and support for our vibrant and growing arts culture. We have an exciting schedule of events
coming up for 2017, including comedienne Cathy Jones’ live show in February, followed by our 4th Annual
Arts Awards. We are also in the planning stages to present the First Annual Arts and Music Festival in
Penticton next fall, as well as several other exciting arts events!”

Penticton Arts Council AGM

Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Time: 6pm (membership renewals) 6:30 AGM

Location: Leir House (220 Manor Park Avenue)

We cordially invite all past, current and prospective Arts Council members to join us for our 2016 Annual General Meeting. You will have the opportunity to meet our new Executive Director, Vaelei Walkden-Brown, hear about the Arts Council's accomplishments in 2015-2016, as well as our vision for 2016-2017. You will also have the opportunity to meet our new board of directors for the upcoming year.
Members who are interested in joining the board of directors are encouraged to submit their names in advance, as nominations will not be taken from the floor. Nominations forms are available from the office or by clicking on the forms link at the top of this page.
Please arrive by 6pm to renew your memberships (required for voting at AGM). Meeting starts promptly at 6:30.

Light refreshments will be served.
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Friends of The Arts

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is about to celebrate its 55th birthday! To celebrate we are kicking off our “200 Friends of the Arts” campaign. We are hoping to have 200 organizations and or individuals donate $100 each to reach our goal!

The Penticton Arts Council, housed in the Leir House, has been advocating for community arts and culture in Penticton and District area since 1960. Many of our prominent arts organizations have been with the Council for many years: Penticton Art Gallery, Penticton Concert Band, Penticton Kiwanis Music & Dance Festival, Penticton Academy of Music, Many Hats Theatre Group, Penticton Concert Society, Okanagan Symphony, and the Federation of Canadian Artists to name a few.

In 2014, we launched the first Arts Awards. This is an annual celebration in February recognizing award winners for their outstanding achievement. The arts awards serve to underline the importance of the arts in our communities, and to recognize individuals and organizations for their significant contributions and for exceptional support of arts and culture in the Penticton and District area. We are pleased to tell you that we had over 250 attending our 1st and 2nd Arts Awards!

We appreciate all the support we receive from our community yet we continue to face many challenges when it comes to funding, which is what makes everything we do possible. Please consider being one of our
“200 Friends of the Arts” and make a minimum $100 donation to the Penticton Arts Council so that we can continue to deliver the support needed to help community arts and culture thrive in Penticton.

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Mission Statement

The Mission of Penticton & District Community Arts Council is to increase and broaden opportunities for the public enjoyment of and participation in cultural activities, while working closely with all levels of government to address the cultural needs of the Community.