This summer, the Ladysmith Arts Council received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund (DSF) to organize two events for Island/coastal artists.

The first event, a webcast on July 25, 2019, asked the question: can our Vancouver Island/coastal area be Canada's arts and culture powerhouse? There were 56 participants, representing a wide variety of organizations, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism and economic development associations, arts councils, government agencies (local, regional, provincial, federal) and artists. The response from attendees was extremely positive. Participants showed a great deal of readiness for conversations about deepening collaboration for mutual benefit. See our summary report that also outlines next steps under publications in the menu. On August 15, we held a follow up meeting to discuss who from the initial group wants to work with us to obtain Phase 2 DSF funding. Want to stay in the loop as we work towards the DSF deadline of September 18, 2019? Email us at

The second event, a webcast on August 8, 2019, offered Island/Coastal artists some tips and tools to engage more effectively in the digital world. There were 700 registrants, and about half attended the online workshop.The first half of the evening featured Terry O’Reilly from Under the Influence on CBC. Terry spoke about the power of storytelling in marketing artists and their art, and was only available as a live- event - we were not able to make a recording of the talk in order to comply with Terry’s contract. You can read a summary of his talk here. Thanks to artist Stephen Cole for taking these great notes(hereafter known as “Cole’s Notes”!) The second half of the event featured Inga Petrie talking about how to show up better in Google’s search engine, and Mike Hallatt talking about the app. Here is Inga’s presentation.

We’re also produced a few short instructional videos: how to digitize art, understanding copyright issues in the digital age and the do’s and don’ts of cultural appropriation. These videos are posted below.

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  1. The Arts Council of Ladysmith (LAC) and Yellow Point Drama Group (YPDG) presented a tremendous opportunity for all B.C. resident playwrights in sponsoring a new play writing competition that offers not only a generous prize but an opportunity to see their work produced on stage. The winning script will receive a prize of $2000.00 and have their work staged by Yellow Point Drama Group as part of their 2020 fall season. Thank you to all those who submitted a script to be judged.

  2. Eligibility: this competition is open to all British Columbia residents. The play must never have been previously produced or published before.Submissions must be:* Full length play between approximately 90 and 120 minutes duration and must never have been previously produced on stage.   Printed on single sheets, one side only, single spaced.* There are no restrictions to content but writers should be aware that part of the selection process will be based on the work being performed for a community theater audience.* Plays will be read by a panel of two established judges with LAC and YPDG reserving the right of final decision in choosing the winning play.*Winner will be notified in the fall of 2019.   Royalty rights for the winning play will be granted to YPDG for their 2020 production with fees included as part of the prize money.  After that the playwright retains full future rights to their work.* Entrance fee is $40.00 payable by cheque made out to Ladysmith Arts Council or paid onlineMailing scripts, applicants must include:·        Two copies of their script without the playwright’s name·        Completed application form containing playwright’s identification·        A cheque for $40.00 to Ladysmith Arts Council  (if not using the online option)Scripts to be mailed to: Arts Council of Ladysmith, Box 2370    Ladysmith, B.C.   V9G 1B8

  3. Deadline for submissions is August 1st, 2019.If you have questions: email

Let’s get creative!

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District has been given $20,000 by the town to develop a broad-based public arts strategy for the community of Ladysmith.

Working with local artists, arts and culture organizations, schools and community members in Ladysmith, district and Stz’uminus First Nation we are underway to create a strategy to be presented to the town in December.

How can public arts be incorporated into the community? Can public arts have benefits to boost tourism and the economy? Can public arts bring a better quality to one’s life?

Article in Ladysmith Chronicle about the art strategy.



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