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Through the study, Popma and other organizers have discovered that 34 regional arts organizations have combined annual operating budgets of almost $8 million, employ 77 full-time and 70 part-time workers, and over 900 volunteers. Within the past five years, these organizations have also made almost $27 million in capital investments.

The focus groups will be held in Squamish on Thursday, June 26 from 9 a.m. until noon at Capilano College, in Whistler on Thursday, June 26, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Spruce Grove Field House, and in Pemberton on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m. until noon at the SLRD boardroom.

Participants must register for the focus groups at or by phoning 1-866-680-3926. If you are interested in participating in the survey, you can still do so until Friday, June 20, by visiting the website above, or phoning and requesting an interview.


B.C. celebrates 150 years


B.C. is celebrating its 150 th anniversary this year, and amidst the festivities and events being held to commemorate the milestone, the provincial government commissioned Harbour Publishing to produce a book that captures the beauty and diversity of the province.

British Columbia: Spirit of the People is a glossy coffee-table book, rich with imagery spanning decades from throughout the province, including many pictures by local photographers, like Bonny Makarewicz, Toshi Kawano and Randy Lincks.

The text was researched and written by respected local historian, Jean Barman. Barman has worked with the B.C. Heritage Trust, Canadian Historical Association and the Vancouver Museum Revitalization Project, and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 for her writing and research on the history of Western Canada.

In addition to the commemorative book, the Squamish and Whistler Arts Councils have received a total of $13,000 in funding from the BC150 Community Arts Grants to support the Sea to Sky Stories and Whistler Children’s Art Festivals.

“The Sea to Sky corridor always does a brilliant job of showcasing our regional artistic talent,” said Joan McIntyre, MLA for West Vancouver – Garibaldi. “These festivals are especially important because they bring the community together and engage youth in the arts.”

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