Arts Briefs 

Arts awards, film fest call, new board members, and getting to know our furry residents

Art awards deadline approaching

It’s your last chance to celebrate the artistic achievements of youths with the submission deadline for the Whistler Arts Council’s Student Art Awards and Art Bursaries programs Friday, May 19.

The bursaries and awards recognize artistic achievement in the visual, literary, performing and media arts by graduating high school and elementary school students in Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie.

The art awards honour high school students’ creative talents with $500 awards and elementary school students’ work with $100 awards.

The Summer Art Bursary program provides students with $250 towards the cost of attending an art camp this summer, to encourage the furthering of creative studies.

Application forms are available at schools and the Whistler Arts Council at 604-938-9221.

Film fest calls for submissions

Organizers of the first Squamish Mountain Film Festival are now accepting adventure, culture, environment and mountain life films for the Aug. 4-6 festival.

From sea to sky, filmmakers are challenged to share their alpine and ocean adventures that capture the spirit of the mountains.

Films must be no longer than one hour. The deadline for entries is June 30. Accepted filmmakers will be notified by July 14.

The festival will include nightly screenings, guest speakers and daily adventures.

For submission guidelines, visit www.squamishfilm.com or call 604-892-2099.

New Whistler Arts Council board members needed

With the number of opportunities presented by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Whistler Arts Council is busier than ever and looking for new board members to direct and build the future of Whistler’s culture, arts and heritage sector.

"More than ever, the Whistler Arts Council needs dedicated and dynamic people on its board of directors to lead the organization towards the future," said Doti Niedermayer, executive director, in a release.

For more than 24 years, the council has promoted arts in Whistler with a year-round calendar of events, including highlights such as Celebration 2010, ArtWalk, Whistler Children’s Art Festival and the Performance Series, along with art bursary and award programs for youth.

Four new board members will be elected by the current board to two-year terms at the council’s annual general meeting Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

For more information about becoming a board member, call 604-938-9221 or info@whistlerartscouncil.com.

A legacy for the next generation

Artists have the opportunity to leave a legacy for the creators of tomorrow by volunteering their passions, skills and time at the 24 th annual Whistler Children’s Festival July 15 to 16 at Creekside.

In addition to mainstage and street performances, the festival hosts all-day workshops, ranging from T-shirt printing to singing and dancing classes.

Artists are needed to teach a myriad of workshops, including literary, music, drama, multi-media, dance, visual arts and crafts classes. From stage make-up to puppetry the sky’s the limit – although no flaming swords or spitting cobras are permitted. Classes must be kid friendly for children ages 3-11.

To volunteer your talent, contact Allegra at 604-938-9221 or email allegra@whistlerartscouncil.com

Get to know your furry residents

Black bears are an integral part of life in Whistler.

Sometimes bears scuttle across laundry lines to get at bird feeders, other times they nest under the safety of someone’s porch. Whether in the woods or even in Whistler Village, human-bear interaction is inevitable in a mountain town.

Michael Allen, a local bear researcher of 20-plus years, will offer insight into the dynamic bear-human interface Whistler faces in a the Whistler Museum and Archives’ New Media Presentation Series called Follow in the Footprints of Whistler’s Black Bears, Saturday, May 20 at MY Millennium Place.

The presentation will look at the trends in the adaptive behavior and personalities of black bears which feed, mate, raise young, travel and den in Whistler’s constantly changing landscape.

Allen has dedicated the last 13 years to the Whistler Black Bear Project, studying black bear behavior and ecology in Whistler.

Tap into his wealth of experience and Whistler’s most popular locals from 7-9 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for kids. Call 604-932-2019. Tickets are $15/$5 at the door.

Baby onboard film

What happens when a South African teenager steals a woman’s car and later discovers a baby in the backseat?

The Whistler Film Festival’s next Reel Alternative Independent Film Series screening is Tsotsi , which follows an incredible tale of personal triumph Wednesday, May 17 at 7 and 9 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas.

The award-winning film was voted Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 Academy Awards and garnered the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

Tickets are $8.50 or $6.50 for Reel members. Membership is

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