Brad Grigor of the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. (File photo by Lexi Bainas/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Society seeking pledges for further phases on arts centre feasibility study

Another $10,000 needs to be raised for the next phases

The Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society is ready to take the next step in its quest to build a Community Arts Centre in Chemainus.

The CVCAS is required to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study to establish the optimum scope and size to ensure the Community Arts Centre succeeds. A campaign was started last summer to raise pledges to pay for the study.

Pledges totalling more than $17,000 have already been made which is enough to begin Phase One of the three-part study. That part of the project has been underway for nearly a month.

Pledges have been received from close to home and far and wide, including Texas. Writers, artists, B&B operators, consultants, musicians and more have all provided support.

The remaining $10,000 needs to be raised to complete Phases Two and Three.

Loyal supporters are being asked to consider making a pledge. For anyone who’d like to learn more about the pledge campaign, you can visit

There’s a form on the website to fill out or you can pick one up at Rainforest Arts on Willow Street in Chemainus.

No money will be collected until the entire $10,000 is raised. Questions or further information can be obtained via email at:

The A-Team CVCAS Arts Centre committee includes: Tom Andrews, President, Chemainus Festival of Murals Society; Peter Collum, Media Manager, Chemainus Festival of Murals Society; Lori Frankson, Executive Director, Chemainus & District Chamber of Commerce; Peggy Grigor, General Manager, Rainforest Arts Gallery & CVCAS director; Brad Grigor, digital artist at Turning Point Arts; Josh James, Economic Development Officer, Penelakut First Nation; Chrissy Kemppi, Cowichan Neighbourhood House; and Wendy Lambert, Coordinator at Chemainus Crofton Community Schools Association.

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