About The Arts Council

The Slocan Lake Arts Council is guided in all of their activities by the desire  to develop a community of artistic excellence,  through the education and engagement of local youth, mentoring of local artists, and the presentation of touring performers.

Since 1980 The Slocan Lake Arts Council  has been an integral component of a vibrant arts community, steeped in the tradition of bucking norms and risk taking in artistic expression. In 2018, the Slocan Lake Gallery Society changed it’s name to the Slocan Lake Arts Council. 

The board of the Society is actively engaged with the  community of local organizations with the goal of delivering of community minded arts and cultural programming.  The board is a public body and opens the process to the general public to ensure that the community values are represented in the administration of the Gallery’s activities.


The Arts Council consists of elected directors: President, V.P,  Secretary, Treasurer, as well as Directors-at-Large.   All aspects of programming and events are managed by Board Members who act as Program Leads.

Community members  can join their program of interest without having to join the Board Executive.

Programs: The Arts Council functions as 8 distinct Programs but is interested and open to adding new programs as concepts emerge.

  1. Arts Council Executive: this is the Society board with each board member having a leadership role.
  2. Visual Arts Program: This Program programs the Art Gallery on behalf of the Arts Council.
  3. Performance Program:  responsible for music, concerts, coffee houses.
  4. Family Program: responsible for family events and children’s programming.
  5. Theatre Arts Program: responsible for theatre performances.
  6. Artist Mentoring: responsible for administering the CKCA grants, artists workshops, liasing between artists & granting bodies whenever needed. Office equipment is available for artisans when arranged.
  7. Makers Space: responsible for workshops or events located in the makers Space.
  8. Building Program: responsible for the room rentals, building maintenance, and cleaning.

Diversified Funding Sources include Membership Fees, Rental Revenues,  Private donations , Admissions,  Fund raising, and Grants ( BCAC, Columbia BasinTrust Community Initiatives, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (programs: 1, 2, 11),  Regional District- Area H Recreation #6 grants, Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, Gaming Grants).