May 31, 2012 Features & Images » Feature Story

Imagine a world without art 

Celebrating 30 years of Whistler Arts Council doing the opposite

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— Andrea Mueller, artist & Whistler Arts Council visual arts programmer

Three good reasons to grow arts & culture

Sea to Sky corridor's cultural sector generates $16.5 million annually, employs 650 people and spends $12.2 million locally.

— Economic Impact Assessment and Strategy for Arts, Culture & Heritage

Eighty-five per cent of parents believe their children's creativity is improved by arts programs.

— Ipsos-Reid Research for the Department of Canadian Heritage, 2002

Twice as many Canadians attend live arts events, as do sporting events.

— Statistics Canada

Putting art into Whistler's heART

From teaching kids how to dance or draw a raccoon at the Children's Art Festival to the annual extravaganza, ARTageous, WAC's signature events are stars. For more details visit


One month after starting up in 1982, Whistler Arts Council staged its first event — an art exhibit and sale featuring 17 local artists. ARTrageous builds on that with flair.

Whistler Children's Art Festival

Whistler's longest running festival features artists and performers sharing their skills with kids and families in hands-on workshops and free performances.

Performance Series

In 1983, the arts council organized its first performance featuring Karen Jamieson and the Terminal City Dance Company. Always affordable, the series has grown to 8–12 presentations annually.

Bizarre Bazaar

The best pre-Christmas bazaar you've ever seen, with 100+ artists and artisans from the corridor.


This free summer exhibit of more than 50 local artists is staged in unexpected venues throughout the village and Function Junction. Grab your map for a self-guided tour!

Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry

Sport meets art and pros meet amateur photographers in this photo exhibit and competition featuring skiing and snowboarding in B.C.'s backcountry.

Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake

These popular visual art workshops taught by professional artists from across Canada are held in a heritage house on beautiful Alta Lake.

Sound exciting? It is! Want to get involved? You can! Dial up 604-935-8410 or visit and become one of those amazing people who make Whistler Arts Council tick.

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning journalist who has worked on a variety of arts and cultural initiatives in B.C. centres, large and small, over the past 40 years.

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