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: Mark the dates and plan to head out... Foggy Mountain 2017 will be September 29 & 30. Cumberland's annual celebration of the Harvest, Culture and Community in the heart of the Village! The Foggy Mountain Fall Fair and Local Colours ArtsFest is serving up a colourful and exciting weekend of music, kids activities, vendors, performances, workshops, artists and tours and itsRead 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 & Studio Guide

The Central Island Studio Tour is an ever-evolving opportunity for creators and consumers to connect! As of summer 2017, we are transitioning to a single annual tour, supported by a much larger Arts Guide that offers year round access to our incredible community of creators, makers, artists, musicians, studios, writers, performers, crafters and 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 -->

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 -->

Social Media Workshops

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. Next Sessions: Saturday June 24 & Monday June 26 1pm - 3:30pm - How to Tell Your Story on Social Media & Facebook Marketing Essentials This session discusses why stories are soRead 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 -->

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 -->