Projects & Programming

The Comox Valley Community Arts Council is working to facilitate and animate arts and culture in the community. Through our involvement in a wide variety of cultural activities, workshops, events, festivals, exhibition spaces, seasonal programs, and support of members groups, we actively educate and promote the Comox Valley as a creative and dynamic arts producing center.

Central Island Arts Guide & Studio Tour

Central Island Arts Guide & Studio Tour May 24, 25, 26 2019, 10am-4pm Daily, with a wide array of Friday Evening activities The Central Island Arts Guide is your essential and comprehensive guide to makers, creators and arts service providers between Parksville and Campbell River. It is a continually growing and evolving project spearheaded by Comox Valley Arts in collaboration with over 150 artists and artist groups, including Central Island Artisans Group, Artsphere Comox Valley,Read More -->

Member Exhibitions

Take time to wander some walls and discover your local artists! Since the closing of The Muir Gallery several years ago, Comox Valley Arts has been looking for innovative ways to overcome the lack of gallery space to feature the collective work of local artists. The valley is home to innumerable artists (touted as the highest per capital in North America) with many many works to show, but the funds and capacity to operate gallery spaceRead More -->

Annual 30-Day Drawing Challenge

Looking to get out of your same old scenario? Feeling like there's GOT to be something new you can do... but just don't know what? Try the 30 Day Drawing Challenge and open up your creative brain trust! We kick off January 2, each year! Drawing is a proven mind-opener and it can lead to new ideas, new approaches, new achievements... that have nothing whatsoever to do with art! Re-calibrate your brain... get out a pencilRead More -->

Public Art – Policy and Provision

Unlike museums or performance spaces, public art traditionally doesn’t sell tickets, or attract “audiences” who can easily be counted, surveyed, or educated. A public artwork’s role in economic revitalization is difficult to separate from that of its overall surroundings. Traditional economic indicators of success may leave out important factors like the intrinsic benefits of experiencing art in one’s everyday life. Beautifying the community, engaging youth in societal and personal transformation, and giving expression to ideasRead More -->

Comox Valley Poet Laureate Program

The Comox Valley Poet Laureate creates works during a two-year term to celebrate or commemorate significant community events (i.e. Miners Memorial, Canada Day, etc.), and will serve as a touchstone for the mood of the community. This is an honourary position, which receives a small stipend per year for performing these duties, as well as significant recognition throughout each year for the work and contribution a Poet Laureate will make to the literary fabric of our community. Open to allRead More -->

Downtown Courtenay Summer Street Markets

Year 3 coming at you 2019! Comox Valley Arts and the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association have joined forces to bring this new and fanciful addition to liven up our downtown core throughout the summer, offering a fresh, urban experience for locals and visitors alike. Local merchants, artists and makers Buskers and food vendors KidsMart sponsored by What's On Digest Community demo tent 5th Street & England Ave - at the "top" of Downtown. It's like aRead More -->

Central Island Arts Guide FAQ

The Central Island Arts Guide is an in-depth directory open to anyone actively engaged in creative pursuits that they share with the public. The Arts Guide is the year-round companion directory that supports the Central Island Studio Tour. The Studio Tour is on the last weekend of May each year.  Who can participate: Painters, potters, sculptors, musicians, writers, videographers, photographers, dancers, playwrights, museums, poets, pyrographers, designers, composers, choirs, dance schools, theatre companies, game designers, graphicRead More -->