It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake.
To mark the special occasion, programs manager and coordinator, Venta Rutkauskas says the Arts Council have launched a giveaway campaign with their first giveaway of a $50 bursary last week to a beginner potter registered in the Cariboo Potter’s Guild annual classes.
“The idea is to support our membership,” she says.
“We have 14 member groups and a whole bunch of them offer a variety of artistic offerings to the community. So we are with the support of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society using some grant money to purchase event tickets and things like that, and then gifting those to the community.”
Rutkauskas says they have to until June to complete the giveaway campaign.
The history of the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake dates back to the 1960s when a group of artists banded together to recreate the Allied Arts Council.
In June of 1968, members voted to change their name to Community Arts Council and on February 20, 1969, it received Society status.
Founders included Gwen Pharis Ringwood, Sonia Cornwall, Clive Stangoe, Anne Hornby, Anna Roberts, Hazel Huckvale, Janet Ketcham, Art Roseman, and Martha Simon.
“It’s important to know that the historical founders were quite visionary,” Rutkauskas says.
“They knew that the arts needed a secure home and now we have this wonderful arts and culture building that I’m sitting right now-Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, and they knew that arts education and arts experiences were really worthwhile and were part of a thriving community so we’re happy to carry that forward.”