Support the Arts on Gabriola Island!

Read on to learn about what you’ll get back …

Does Art Matter?

Dr. Sharon McCoubrey—Coordinator of Community Engagement for the Faculty of Education at UBC—has been collecting reports from around the world about the value of arts to individuals, communities, and society. Here’s a sampling from the reports she’s collected:

The Arts are important to individual health and well-being because they “enrich the experience of life” (PoGs, 2007), “provide pleasure and relaxation” (Bunting, 2007), are “integral to healing and resilience” (Green and Sonn, 2008), and “assist in recovery, communication and understanding, and in the management of pain, stress, and other symptoms” (Staricoff, 2004). Arts “build capacity and strengthen local identity,” “provide opportunities for income generation and tourism” (Mulligan et al., 2006), and “strengthen community identity and social cohesion.”

People who go to museums and concerts or create art or play an instrument are more satisfied with their lives, regardless of how educated or rich they are (British Medical Association’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health).

Results from arts programs for seniors demonstrated that participants “had an improved sense of well-being and social inclusion,” and engaging in arts programs enables seniors to live independently longer, and reduces use of doctors, medications, and medical facilities while enhancing quality of life.

The arts are an effective tool to engage youth, and learning through the arts enhances general scholastic achievement. The arts build resilience and self-esteem in young people, and contribute to creating healthy and supportive communities for youth. The arts offer opportunities for youth leadership development and for youth to affect positive change in their communities (Creative City Network of Canada).

What Have We Done For You Lately?

The Gabriola Arts Council supports individuals and the community:

  • We filled almost 2,000 seats at 8 shows at the Gabriola Theatre Festival. That’s a lot of inspiring, engaging, entertaining, and exciting artistic experiences!
  • Hundreds of Gabriolans participated in more than 50 arts and culture workshops at the Isle of the Arts Festival. Wait till you see what we’ve got planned for 2016!
  • We’re supporting Gabriolans living with a cancer diagnosis, through the Arts-Based Cancer Support Group—part of the Healing Power of Art program.
  • Inquisitive elders and elders-to-be are engaged at Intentional Aging: Exploring the Path from Senior to Elder, also part of the Healing Power of Art program.
  • The Youth Engagement Program provides opportunities for young Gabriolans to explore their own creativity, and work directly with professional artists and performers.
  • The Studio Tour provides an opportunity for Gabriola artists to share their work and creative practices with the world, and for art lovers to engage directly with art and artists.
  • Our regular newsletter keeps art- and culture-lovers up to date and in the know about events, programs, opportunities, news and much more! Delivered to every member’s inbox, every second Wednesday.
  • Our Community Calendar keeps the community organized and informed. We know how busy it is around here. The calendar enables community groups and event presenters to promote events, and allows the rest of us to know what’s happening when.
  • GAC takes the lead on culture-led economic development! We paid more than $67,000 to artists, performers, and designers in our last fiscal year, and paid more than $136,000 to local freelancers, professionals, contractors, and businesses. Most of that money stays right here in the community.
  • Our programs and events attract visitors to Gabriola, and those visitors spend money when they’re here, supporting the local economy.

Thank you for supporting arts and culture on Gabriola Island. Please consider an extra gift this season to help with our ongoing and regular programs.

Gabriola Arts Council Wish List

  • Purchase a Community Card from Village Food Market and keep it full! VFM donates 5% of the value each time you load up your card, and there’s no extra cost to you.
  • Support local musicians and performers. Concert and theatre tickets make great gifts! Ask us about GAC Gift Packs … what a nice way to treat someone special!
  • Support local artists. Buy art! Give art as a gift!
  • Renew your Gabriola Arts Council membership early. Even better, take out a multiple-year membership.
  • Know someone who isn’t a member? Buy a Gabriola Arts Council membership for a friend or family member. Help them along, and they’ll probably renew on their own next year. Everyone can be a member of GAC—not just artists!
  • Support GAC’s Inclusivity Campaign—help us to ensure that all Gabriola Arts Council events are barrier-free.
  • Make a donation to the Gabriola Arts Council. We are a registered Canadian Charity—donate now and take advantage of the credit on your 2015 tax return. It’s easy—do it online at our website, via CanadaHelps, or mail us a cheque, or drop off your donation at the WI Hall.
  • Think about legacy and long-term giving options for supporting the arts on Gabriola Island. Remember GAC when you are doing your estate planning, and investigate the tax and revenue benefits of including a charitable organization as you prepare your will. The Healing Power of Art program was launched through a generous bequest from an arts supporter.
  • We’d love to have a picnic table for the grassy area outside the WI Hall. Then you can come enjoy your lunch there on sunny days.
  • Join us! We’re always looking for volunteers. Do as much or as little as you want, there are all kinds of tasks and activities. We guarantee the good feeling that comes from helping out and being part of something big.

Contact us anytime with questions about our events or programs, about membership, to get on our volunteer list, or for whatever it is you need to know.

Gabriola Arts Council: Working for the Arts

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