8th Annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour seeks participating artists

The 8th Annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture may be taking place August 13-14, from 10 am to 5 pm, but its organizers are issuing a call for entries by participating artists and their venues.

Organized by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, the CBCT is a self-guided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge to the general public. The arts include visual, written, performing, media and inter-arts! Participating as a venue allows artists to really connect with locals, develop a wider audience, educate the public about what they do, market their activities, and attract visitors to their communities.

A statement from the CKCA said the tour 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, 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 who are a vital part of our local culture.

Full-colour tour directories will be available free of charge to the public as a guide to visit your location. Signage, posters, postcards and web pages will be provided to promote artists’ participation.

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, 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: www.cbculturetour.com. 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 which supports the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Columbia Basin.