ArtSea Community Arts Council is a volunteer-run organization that works to ignite interest and appreciation for all forms of the arts, and cultural activities on the Saanich Peninsula. Activities are open to the entire community, welcoming artists at all levels, from emerging to professional artists, arts and culture groups, and community members curious about the arts. Service to our members reflects their interests and responds to their concerns.
For the Saanich Peninsula to be recognized as a major art and cultural centre in British Columbia.
ArtSea supports and promotes the development of all forms of the arts and cultural activities on the Saanich Peninsula.
To encourage public awareness of and participation in the cultural life of the Saanich Peninsula. To fulfill its mandate ArtSea will:
- Promote awareness of, and participation in, the arts.
- Serve as the cultural voice of the community, advocating on its behalf with government and industry stakeholders.
- Be the go-to place for information and resources on arts and culture.
- Work in collaboration with community partners and arts organizations in facilitating high quality and diverse artistic programming and events.
- Be a springboard of community engaged art.
ArtSea Community Arts Council is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by two part-time employees; an office & gallery coordinator and a communications coordinator. ArtSea achieves its goals through the valued contribution of many dedicated volunteers. Several volunteer-run committees organize and promote ArtSea programs, such as the Sidney Fine Art Show, ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park (member rentals), Artisans, Studio Tour, Salish Sea Lantern Festival, Taste of Tulista, Plein Air at the BC Boat Show and the Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization!
ArtSea has an open membership available to artists, arts and cultural groups, and residents interested in the arts. Currently ArtSea receives provincial, municipal and community foundation funding and creates self-generating income, most notably through the Sidney Fine Art Show. Each year grants are distributed to member groups who submit funding applications.
As a registered charitable organization, ArtSea operates in accordance with the BC Societies Act.
Confidential information and materials including membership, patrons, sponsors, financial and credit card information that is not in the public domain are treated as confidential by ArtSea in accordance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) www.priv.gc.ca.
ArtSea Community Arts Council has played an essential role in the cultural and artistic activities on the Saanich Peninsula since 1991. Formally known as the Community Arts Council for the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), ArtSea is a registered non-profit organization which offers a variety of arts-related programs throughout the year and rental space to artists at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney BC.
Dianne Cross was the original founder of the Society. A student scholarship, The Dianne Cross Award for the Arts, is sponsored by ArtSea each year in honour of Dianne’s remarkable contribution to arts and cultural activities on the Saanich Peninsula.