Feds provide funds for 2012 Art Walk

The Lake Country ArtWalk, the largest of its kind in the B.C. Interior, showcases original works of art and live performances.

The Lake Country ArtWalk Planning Committee has received $6,400 from Ottawa to help present this year’s Lake Country Art Walk.

Dubbed Art For Change, the 2012 event will take place Sept. 8  and 9.

Local MP Ron Cannan recently attended a Lake Country ArtWalk committee work shop to encourage and congratulate the event volunteers and organizers while they were preparing for this year’s event.

“I would like to personally thank  chairperson, Dr. Sharon McCoubrey and her team of dedicated volunteers and community groups who contribute in so many different ways to help make this artistic festival better each year,” said Cannan. “Art can be a positive change for the world and I encourage the community to come and see firsthand.”

The Lake Country ArtWalk, the largest of its kind in the B.C. Interior, showcases original works of art and live performances created by visual and performing artists living in the Okanagan Valley. More than 300 artists of all media are exhibiting over 3000 original works of art.

The event plays host to over 7,000 visitors.

“Ensuring that the arts thrive in our communities is essential because they contribute in such a major way to our economic and aesthetic well-being,” said  McCoubrey

“The arts help make our communities desirable places to live. We are grateful to Heritage Canada for this grant that will enable us to present a high quality arts festival for everyone.”

The federal government created its Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program in September 2007 to help fund comunity arts programs.