Artists sought for 2015 Columbia Basin Culture Tour

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance is issuing a Call for Entries for this year’s Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), taking place August 8-9, from 10 am to 5 pm.
This the 7th annual celebration of culture and, as always, is primarily a self-guided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge to the general public. “Arts” includes visual, written, performing, media and inter-arts.
“Participating as a venue allows you to really connect with locals, develop a wider audience, educate the public about what you do, market your activities, and attract visitors to your community,” the CKCA said in a statement released on Wednesday, March 11.
The CBCT allows visitors to meet the participants behind the scenes and allows them to: visit artists’ studios that may not regularly be open to the public; purchase works directly from the artists; and visit art galleries, museums and cultural centres to view special interpretive displays, archives, demonstrations or performances. It is also a chance for them to meet the people behind the scenes that are such a vital part of our local culture.
The statement said that full-colour tour directories will be available free of charge to the public as a guide to visit your location. Signage, posters and postcards are provided to promote your participation. Your web page profile will also remain for the rest of the year and will list your contact hours outside of the event.
Early registration — by March 31 — costs $40. Registration between April 1 and April 13 costs $50.
Participating individuals and venues must be located in the Canadian Columbia Basin, defined as the southeast corner of British Columbia roughly bordered by the communities of Valemount, Golden, Elkford,
Creston, Rossland, Arrow Lakes and Revelstoke. Although not in the Basin, the communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake are again invited to participate this year.
To register visit: For information call: 1-250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a project of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and is funded by Columbia Basin Trust. The Trust supports the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Canadian Columbia Basin.