The A-Team’s first meeting to pursue an arts centre in Chemainus turned into a four-hour marathon.
The sub-committee of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society spent the time defining its goals, mission statement and immediate tasks.
During the next few weeks, the group will create a concise profile of what the arts centre will offer to residents, businesses, artists and visitors. Funding is also being sought for a professional consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study and business plan for the centre.
Initial tasks should be completed by early June. In the meantime, the A-Team will be putting together newsletters of its progress that will be distributed to anyone interested in following the arts centre journey.
Those will be circulated by the Chemainus Chamber of Commerce. Details will also be on the CVAS Facebook page and website and a video can be viewed at www.cvcas/com.
The volunteers recruited for the committee from a stakeholder’s meeting in March include: Brad Grigor, digital artist and graphic designer who supports many local artists in the community; Peggy Grigor, CVCAS board member and manager of Rainforest Arts Gallery; Joel Delaquis, musician and event promoter; Josh James, Penelakut Tribe Economic Development Manager; Peter Collum, media coordinator for the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society; Tom Andrews, president of the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society and board member of the Chemainus Rotary Club; Wendy Lambert, coordinator of the Chemainus/Crofton Community Schools Association; Lori Frankson, executive director of the Chemainus Chamber of Commerce; and Chrissie Kemper, musician, fitness instructor and event coordinator.