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 -->

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 -->

Member Exhibitions

Take time to wander some walls and discover your local artists! Current Exhibits: @ Red Tree Specialty Coffee in Tintown - 2456 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. Red Tree is owned by CVA members, Katy & Simon Fogg, and made the choice to open up their walls to quarterly Salon style shows for local artists. We are very pleased to showcase other CVA members there, and submission is open to ALL artists. Click below to participate inRead More -->

Art & Ale

Come and play with us!  Art & Ale is a fun night of creative dabbling for the artistically freaked out but curious... UPCOMING SESSIONS ARE HERE Details about each session can differ slightly, be sure to read all the info. If you've thought you'd like to "try" some sort of visual art... in public... and could be bolstered by a couple pints of craft beer, THIS is the night for you! All materials are supplied, and you willRead More -->

Central Island Studio Tour

A studio tour is a terrific opportunity to showcase - and sell - your work in your natural habitat. We are pleased to coordinate and promote this opportunity for our members, and bring artists and consumers together in a personal, intimate way. The tour is open to all professional and emerging artists from Parksville to Campbell River. It is an exciting adventure for visitors, and when you open your studio and provide an inside glimpse you haveRead More -->

Comox Valley Poet Laureate Search

2017-2019 Poet Laureate Nominations & Applications now being accepted. Current Poet Laureate: 2015-2017, Kevin Flesher Comox Valley Arts (aka Comox Valley Community Arts Council) has begun the search for a Flesher’s successor, to engage and inspire the community for a new two-year term. “We’re encouraging word artists from all forms of poetic expression, from songwriters and rappers to classic page poets and spoken word artists,” says CV Arts board member Jamie Bowman. “We have soRead 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.  Applications for this juried exhibit are accepted in April of each year. If you wish to be notified of the open call for entry, pleaseRead 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: Friday March 17 2017 1pm - 2pm - Session 1: How to Tell Your Story on Social Media This session discusses why stories are so important and how youRead More -->