BREAKERS: timely tidbits

BREAKERS – timely tidbits and follow-ups to previously published stories:

  • TOSH wins digital arts strategy funding
  • Free libraries sprouting up in front QB homes
  • artists downtown Friday July 17TOSH Grand Prix d’Art

Breaking news — The Old School House wins digital arts strategy funding

Congratulations to Illana Hester, TOSH’s executive director, and her colleagues at The Old School House Arts Centre!

July 14, 2020 — Six Vancouver Island and Gulf Island arts councils are currently working with Nordicity, an international arts consulting firm, to conduct research in and readiness around creating digital strategies. Funding received through the Canada Council of the Arts Digital Strategy fund establishes a Digital Innovation Group (DIG) transforming how Arts Councils operate, collaborate and communicate.

The DIG group includes the Ladysmith Arts Council, Hornby Island Arts Council, Cowichan Valley Arts Council, Salt Spring Arts Council, Comox Valley Arts and The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach.

Free libraries sprouting up in front of QB homes

With everyone walking more, people are getting to know their neighbourhoods and their neighbours better. We happened upon a new “free library” built in front of one neighbour’s house. Among the many choices of books and videos available, we found this gem: Do Not Say We have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. It won Canada’s Giller prize, and was shortlisted for the U.K.’s Man Booker prize in 2016.

Artists downtown Friday July 17 – TOSH Grand Prix d’Art

Ken Morgan and Dana Lamos will be the artists competing for the 2020 Grand Prix d’Art this Friday, July 17 at locations in downtown QB assigned by The Old School House (TOSH). The artists will be at their easels between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

As we noted in a previous BREAKERS tidbit, TOSH has spread the format for the 2020 Grand Prix d’Art event every Friday over the next several months instead of holding it on a single day.

Artists who have competed on previous Fridays include Dan Gray, Pauline Pike, Laura Hilts, and Donna McDonnell. You can view their beautiful paintings online.