'Minus 30C Inconveniences' by Thomas Hutchings has won one of two People's Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. CVAC is holding its annual general meeting on June 8. (Submitted)

A&E column: Fundraisers, arts survey and 50th AGM

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts community

There are a couple of fundraisers coming up for important non-profits in the Cowichan Valley.

The Cowichan District Hospital Foundation is launching a new monthly 50/50 raffle to support equipment needs and patient care at the hospital.

So far, three lucky foundation supporters have won a combined $20,000, and you could join that list, while helping out a great cause.

“This new monthly raffle, launched in March, is a fun new way for CDHF to engage with our community and raise awareness and support for our local hospital,” said Tracey Brown, interim executive director for CDHF in a press release. “The Cowichan District Hospital and its staff have faced many challenges this past year while working in a building our community has long since outgrown. The health care teams at our local hospital need our support now more than ever. For as little as $10 a month community members can support the local hospital and have a chance to win big.”

Go to www.cdhf5050.ca to get your tickets or call 250-701-0399 to find out more.


The Cowichan Brain Injury Society also has a fundraiser coming up.

They are hosting a yard sale on Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6011 Cassino Rd. in Duncan. Proceeds will support brain injury programs like “Let’s get brain fit, let’s talk aphasia”.

For more information or to donate items contact emma@cowichanbraininjury.org or 250-597-4662.


The Cowichan Valley Arts Council has a milestone coming up: the 50th annual general meeting is set for June 8 at 7 p.m. online.

“There is a great deal to celebrate this year as the arts council continues its thriving galleries and programs for youth and adults,” says a press release.

Christiane Smyth of the Salish Weave Collection, a private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art, will be the guest speaker. RSVP through https://cowichanvalleyartscouncil.ca/event/annual-general-meeting/


Arts councils across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have launched a survey as part of an assessment of the economic, social, cultural, and health impacts of arts across the region.

It is the first campaign of its kind in the area, the group says, and the assessment is being done by international consulting firm Nordicity, with funding through the Canada Council for the Arts.

“The assessment will define where and how the arts have an impact on the region, and results will be published online and shared across regional industries and interest groups,” says a press release. “The information collected will also be used to identify where additional supports are needed and to advocate for arts programming and funding.”

The collective behind the campaign is the Digital Innovation Group, founded in 2019 by six arts councils, including the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District, the Salt Spring Arts Council, Comox Valley Arts, Hornby Island Arts Council, The Old School House Centre, and the Cowichan Valley Arts Council.

Find the survey here: https://digarts.ca/survey

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