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Professional Development Awards 2017

Submitted by Wendy Judith Cutler
SSAC Professional Development Grants + Awards Recipient, 2017A Professional Development Grant from the Salt Spring Island Arts Council helped to support my participation in the 2017 Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in Los Angeles, California. It is among North America’s most competitive writers’ residencies and the only one specifically for LGBTQ writers. The retreat was a week-long intensive that took place in August on the campus of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. There were about sixty-some participants who came mostly from the U.S. but also a handful from Canada, participating in one of five workshops (with a few working independently)—mine was non-fiction.

Each morning we met in our workshop, writing together, discussing writing and publishing and engaged in some of the most incisive and relevant critique sessions I have ever experienced. Each evening there were readings (videotaped and open to the public) from each participant—mine was scheduled on the last evening. I read an excerpt from “Radical Lesbian Feminism in Practice” about the magic and impact of feminist bookstores in the seventies and brought my entire workshop on stage with me during the reading. I also developed a chapter “I Want a Women’s Revolution” which is part of my memoir-in-progress about the lesbian feminist nineteen seventies, weaving my own personal narrative within an herstorical tapestry.

An anthology comprised of submissions from the 2017 Lambda Fellows will be published. An excerpt of my essay includes the following: “We queer writers, critical thinkers, dreamers, cultural boundary interrupters, in our particular diversities and textures, we are the voices that need to be heard to contribute to the dialogue, the discussion, the insights that are so desperately needed. We may be the very […]

2017-10-18T16:55:49+00:00 Categories: Grants & Awards|0 Comments

Art on the Hall 2018 Call for Entry


Art on the Hall


Call for Juried Outdoor Exhibit 2018


Artcraft is turning 50!

Be Bold, Be Bright, Be Big!


Let’s dress Mahon Hall for the party. Create large, bright, expressive, original works in 2 or 3 D.

2018 is Artcraft’s 50th birthday. Mahon Hall has been the home of Artcraft since 1968. We are celebrating Artcraft’s birthday and Mahon Hall by inviting submissions for Art on the Hall, an exhibit on the exterior walls

Work may be in any medium but will hang on the exterior walls of the building in five designated areas facing the harbor and the parking lot. Anchoring points will be provided.

Art on the Hall Installations run during the ArtCraft 2018 season- June to September.

Entry is open only to artists living in School District #64 Gulf islands.  Artists are welcome to submit work individually or as part of a group and may apply for more than one wall area. A small honorarium is available.

Please read the application form for more information and contact Richard Steel Artcraft Manager artcraft@ssartscouncil.com  for any questions.


November 30  2017             Deadline for proposals

December 18th, 2017           Artists notified of selection by this date

May 25,  2018                       Outdoor Installations start

June 8, 2018                         Opening

September 17, 2018            Removal of outdoor work

Application form and Infiormation:

artonthehallapplication 2017

2017-09-14T12:00:04+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Visual Arts|0 Comments

Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Professional Development

Professional Development

Next Deadline: October 31, 2017


  • Practicing artists and or art teachers (visual, performing and creative arts)
  • Residents of Salt Spring for 3 years or more
  • Members of SSAC
  • must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office
  • Activity eligibility: Professional development activities must provide an opportunity for artistic enrichment and growth.

Average Grant Levels: $100 – $500

Objectives: To assist artists and craftspeople to further their professional development – either through short term courses or workshops offered off island or on-island by instructors from off-island.

Description: This program assists local artists, artisans and art teachers to further their artistic development either through short term courses or workshops offered off island or on island by instructors from off-island.

Application Procedures: Applications are to be submitted to the SSAC by April 30 and/or October 31. A submission must contain a completed application form, including a budget for the project or activity and a CV or bio. Note – the form provides the opportunity for the applicant to address the various criteria outlined below.


Application Form:

2017-09-07T16:42:52+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Grants & Awards|0 Comments

Grants & Awards Fall 2017: Individual or Group Projects

Individual or Group Projects

Next Deadline: October 31, 2017


  • Based on Salt Spring Island and of cultural benefit to the island
  • An artistic or cultural endeavour within the mandate of the SSAC – e.g. the visual, performing and literary arts.
  • Applicant(s) members of the SSAC
  • must submit an application form, available online or from the SSAC office

Average Grant Levels: $300 – $800

Objectives: To assist individuals and groups to undertake projects of cultural benefit to the community

Description:  This program fosters innovation, creativity and experimentation in the arts and sharing those experiences with members of the larger Salt Spring Island community. With limited funding, the funding program is not able to support annually recurring events. Rather it seeks to catalyze new artistic approaches and collaborations and facilitate the public performance and exhibits of those initiatives. While not a condition of eligibility, applicants are encouraged to use Mahon Hall as the venue for public exhibits and performances.

Application Process: You may use the form below to submit your application. Please ensure you have collected all the relevant project information, attachments, and completed budget form before you begin the application.

Please note this form is currently being updated:


2017-09-08T16:32:36+00:00 Categories: Calls for Artists, Grants & Awards|0 Comments

Chapbook Launch: Blackberries

Blackberries: a Chapbook from the Poetry Open Mic

What takes thirty-seven poets, two visual artists, and a helping hand from the Arts Council?

A beautiful new poetry chapbook, that’s what.

On September 21, 2017 the Library is hosting a launch for a new collection of poetry from the Salt Spring Poetry Open Mic.

Sponsored by the Salt Spring Public Library and founded by local poet Christine Smart and Chief Librarian Karen Hudson, the community poetry event has been a regular feature of the Island arts scene since 2014.

In a foreword to the chapbook, Brian Brett gives a personal reflection on the importance of libraries and their role in his life. Cover art is by local visual artists.

The launch will feature readings from the anthology as well as appetizers, drinks, and mingling. Copies of the chapbook will be on sale and can also be picked up after the launch at local bookstores.

Seed funding through the Salt Spring Arts Council Grants & Awards played a key role in getting the project going. Support has also come from the Salt Spring Public Library and Theatre Alive.

2017-09-07T13:54:32+00:00 Categories: Grants & Awards, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Artists from the Fringe Silent Auction

Sunday, August 13th, 2-4pm
SS United Church

Artists From the Fringe is a group of over 30 artists who attend the volunteer run program called ArtJam, sponsored by SSAC. The program provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique creative accomplishments and reinforcing the value of their work through public exhibitions, we promote positive self-identities and help build self-esteem.  Obtaining support from various community organizations has provided the ability to build bridges between our members and the rest of the community. This is our first Silent Art Auction and the proceeds will go to the artists and to the ArtJam program.

2017-08-10T15:50:27+00:00 Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Volunteer for SSNAP

SSNAP Call for Volunteers

Now in its second year, the biennial Salt Spring National Art Prize will be presenting exhibitions and events from September 22 to October 22, 2017.
SSNAP is looking for volunteers with an interest in the arts to help at events and behind the scenes. If you’d like to be a part of this fun month of art and creativity, please complete this brief Volunteer Application Form.
From the 2160 submissions received from across the country, the SSNAP Finalist Exhibition at Mahon Hall will show the work of 50 outstanding Canadian artists. Other exciting events include a Parallel Art Show of Salt Spring artists at ArtSpring, opening and closing gala events, artist talks, childrens’ art workshops, and the Creative Mind panel discussion.
2017-08-10T15:14:00+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dialogue with the Arts: Yuri Arajs

The next Dialogue with the Arts Speaker is:
Yuri Arajs – Artistic Director of Vancouver’s “Kickstart – Disability Arts and Culture”
Website: www.kickstartdisability.ca

Yuri will be talking about the Kickstart Philosophy and the challenges facing those of us who are professional artists and identify as persons of disability.

His talk will be held in the gallery space of ArtSpring
On Saturday August 12 from 7 to 9 PM
The talk takes place at the Artspring Gallery during the “Salt Spring Stories” exhibition.
2017-08-10T15:10:53+00:00 Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments