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.

Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours

Fun at last year's FMFF! Thanks, Shaw TV! And check out the 2015 highlights by Fox&Bee: Head for the Hills! Celebrate the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair September 29th and 30th! Cumberland’s Annual Celebration of Harvest and Heritage; Culture and Craft; Forest and Food is just around the corner! The whole Comox Valley is invited to join in the fun at the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours Arts Fest Friday September 29th and Saturday SeptemberRead More -->

SummerNight Markets – Downtown Courtenay 2017

After the success of the pilot program, managed by Elevate The Arts in 2015, we are extremely excited to bring back SummerNight Markets to Downtown Courtenay! The Arts Council 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. Every Friday from July 7th until September 1st, 5-11pm Local merchants, artistsRead 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 -->

Social Media Workshops

Next Sessions: Monday September 25, Thursday September 28 We're pleased to partner with one of the Valley's favourite social media companies, Peer Garden Media, to offer small-group social media workshops. Specially designed for artists, makers, creators & inventors who want to build an audience but are new to, or intimidated by, social media. SEPTEMBER 25 -  Instagram Marketing Essentials: 10am  This session covers how to use Instagram to effectively market your work or business. Topics include:Read More -->

Elevate Arts Festival

CVA is intimately involved in the Comox Valley's premier free family arts event - Elevate Arts Festival, which happens in the first week of June. 2017 marks the 6th annual Elevate, and we couldn't be prouder of the work done by the dedicated and inspired team of volunteers to create it. Elevate was created by a group of friends (old and new) with a shared passion for community building. A group of community organizers, administrators, event junkies,Read 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 -->

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 -->

Central Island Arts Guide & Studio Tour

New in 2018 - The Central Island Studio Tour will be highlighted in the Central Island Arts Guide. An ever-evolving opportunity for creators and consumers to connect! As of fall 2017, a single annual studio tour will be featured within a much larger Arts Guide. The Guide offers year round access to our incredible community of creators, makers, artists, musicians, studios, writers, performers, crafters and more. This is now an annual print publication with a minimumRead More -->

Arts & Culture Program at YQQ Comox Valley Airport

Each fall, Comox Valley Arts partners with Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) to share the talents and vision of local artists on a theme related to living in Northern Vancouver Island. This is an exceptional opportunity for the artists, whose work can be seen by more than 500,000 airport visitors each season.  If you wish to be notified of the open call for entry, please join our mailing list. The most recent exhibition was titled: "The Elements".Read More -->

Central Island Arts Guide FAQ

In Fall 2017, we start the all new, definitive publication for finding artists in Central Vancouver Island. 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 ALSO INCLUDES the 2018 Central Island Studio Tour - May 26 & 27, 2018. And is an excellent vehicle for businesses & service providers who seek an arts-appreciative audience themselves.  Who canRead More -->