South Atrium Exhibition
The Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) came into being after the fulfillment of the inaugural Westside Culture Days 2014 weekend. In October, 2014, after recognizing the enthusiasm of the attendees from both the businesses and the artists, a call went out to see if forming an arts council on the west side of the bridge was relevant and timely. Many participants indicated interest and fifteen people stepped forward to implement the creation of an arts council. The incorporation team solidified over the next two months. In December 2014, the incorporation documents were filed with the BC Government and a public launch was scheduled for the cross-Canada Heritage Week in February 2015. At that time, the new art council was introduced to the business community consisting of the Greater Westside Board of Trade and the Okanagan Board of Excellence. Inspired by Westside Culture Days 2014, the focus of the new art council brings awareness to the diverse and rich cultural resources by working with interested and invested businesses. This encourages community interaction and provides cultural tourism alongside the already established wineries and golf.
Mandate: -To create a symbiotic relationship between Westbank First Nation and West Kelowna where both sides flourish through the arts; -To build partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen community awareness of the arts which establish connections and communication; -To seek opportunities to showcase, support and promote our artists and their works locally, nationally and internationally; -To support, inspire, educate, and acknowledge our young emerging artists; and -To support and encourage business participation in the arts to invigorate local and creative commerce.