What’s Up Magazine – October/November 2013 – Cindy Moyer, October 1, 2013
In January 2014, the five-year-old Coast Collective Arts Centre at Esquimalt Lagoon will evolve into a non-profit enterprise as part of the Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI). It’s an exciting new chapter for this community arts success story.
Formed in late 2008, the Coast Collective Arts Centre represents a creative partnership between Calgary hotelier Randy Royer (Pacific Landing at Havenwood www.pacificlanding.ca) and a group of local artists. Since that time, the centre has blossomed into a must-see cultural destination, welcoming an anticipated 15,000 people to the 12-acre site by the end of the year.
With 200 members and a dedicated volunteer base, this move to non-profit status is applauded. As a society, SASI can qualify for sponsorships and grant funding that will supplement its income, enabling the Coast Collective to continue delivering community arts and cultural services to the growing West Shore.
Over the next few months, a new management team will begin to form working groups, hitting the ground running on January 8th with their first gallery show, BEGINNINGS 2014. Artists and art aficionados interested in getting involved with the Coast Collective community should visit www.coastcollective.ca to learn more.
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