Emily Carr has history with resort
This maybe one of those "no-brainers," but after reading the article in Pique I couldn't help but write to urge you to approve Emily Carr University of Art + Design's request to support a Letter of Agreement between the RMOW and ECUAD for an Emily Carr Summer Satellite Studio at Whistler.
As you likely already know, ECUAD is a preeminent art school with a deserved reputation as one of the top art schools in North America. I know this first-hand for I've been a part-time student there since 1999 and see the benefits the school confers on its students and connected communities.
What you may not know is that Whistler Arts Council has an early history of connecting with and supporting the campus. The first art show the arts council held in 1982 was an exhibition and sale of Emily Carr student work. I still have the poster.
We coordinated with ECUAD, rented a van, hauled the student work up the highway and displayed it at Myrtle Philip Community School for sale over a weekend.
The students were thrilled with the results — they sold a great deal of work, which is always encouraging to emerging artists — and so were we: The community enjoyed a stimulating and provocative art exhibition, and many locals and visitors added new art to their lives.
For years as head of the arts council I looked for any way of linking ECUAD and Whistler. The benefits of the connection were obvious for many good reasons from developing cultural tourism to enriching the intellectual life of the community.
Now you can capture synergies with the future Audain Art Museum. The ultimate goal: a model like the Banff Centre or Aspen Institute of having a centre for progressive, liberal, creative idea-making in an inspired mountain setting.
(Mayor and council,) as community leaders, I hope you welcome ECUAD enthusiastically and take all concrete action necessary to ensure this letter of agreement is only the first step in developing a robust, ongoing relationship with this dynamic institution.
Founder, former president
Whistler Arts Council
'Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.'
Jeff Maynard, principal
Myrtle Philip Community School
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