December 5, 2020
Arts Office eNews::December 2013

With the festive season now upon us, the wide range of arts and cultural events happening here on the North Shore is guaranteed to make spirits bright!  In this holiday issue we ask our Mayors to divulge their favourite holiday tunes.  We applaud our local MLA's for their support and 'focus' on the arts!  There's news on a young 'traffic box' artist, 2014 grants info, and gift ideas that will ease holiday shopping stress and support local artists at the same time.

Tis' the season to be jolly and we at the Arts Office extend our very best wishes to all for a joyful holiday season and inspiring New Year!

The Arts Office Team
Ian, Barb, Lori and John

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Holiday Hours:  The Arts Office will be closed Tuesday December 24th and will re-open on Monday January 6, 2014.

  • Over the holiday season the North Shore comes alive with the sound of music.  From traditional Christmas carol sing-alongs and Handel's Messiah, to the sweet strains of Celtic harps and carol ship crooners - there's something for everyone!  When asked to name their #1 favourite holiday song, here's what North Vancouver District and City Mayors had to say.

  • A Member of the Legislative Assembly for North Vancouver Lonsdale since 2009, Naomi Yamamoto is confronted with many challenges every day.  For her, seeing the big picture is crucial to addressing problems so her love of photography comes in handy when she's on the job.  "The lessons that photography has taught me are useful – I always know that there’s a different angle, a different perspective just waiting for me to look for it."

  • Kudos to MLA Jane Thornthwaite for inviting the Hon. Coralee Oakes - Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development - to North Vancouver to announce $2.6 million in new funding for BC's Creative Youth Initiative and Early Career Development Program. The Arts Office was thrilled to help rally the North Shore arts community to join Minister Oakes, North Vancouver MLA's, City of North Vancouver Mayor Mussatto, and representatives from the BC Arts Council for a news conference at Presentation House Cultural Centre, and later in the day, a visit to the Deep Cove Cultural Centre.

  • What better way to show off your own unique gift giving style than by purchasing a one-of-a-kind piece of art at the Anonymous Art Sale that's currently running at CityScape Community Art Space (pictured above).  Or, how about tickets to a concert or season tickets for your favourite music or theatre group?  Read on for a selection of great holiday gift ideas that will support local artists and make spirits bright!

  • A recent partnership between the North Vancouver RCMP, the District and City of North Vancouver, the Arts Office, and local schools turned out to be a beautiful thing!  Students in K-12 were invited to submit artworks based on the theme North Shore Nature.  Twelve pieces were selected, re-purposed and wrapped around traffic signal boxes throughout the City and District. In the coming months, we'll introduce you to the young artists whose work was chosen.  First up is 12-year old Darren Soberno. 

  • The City and District of North Vancouver have a long tradition of working together to support the arts, and to invest in the creative potential of the community.  The Arts Office administers a variety of grants programs that are designed to sustain cultural development and to encourage innovation in the not-for-profit creative community.  Information on the 2014 Project and Operating Grants programs is now available.