Letters to the editor for the week of December 19th 

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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.

Glenda Bartosh

Founder, former president

Whistler Arts Council

'Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.'

Now that our Grinch play is done, MPCS must thank all those that enabled our fun.

To the 70 students who practiced, who created and gave it your all,

You created a production that was as grand as it was tall.

To all of the 256 students who danced, played gamelan and sang your song,

Your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm moved the show along,

Myrtle Philip herself would be proud of the students and staff

To come together like a family to give the public a little laugh

To anyone out there that missed it,

We created a full-length movie, so give our website a visit.

But we must stop and thank all the businesses alike:

The Barefoot Bistro, Cutting Edge Signs, Whistler Arts Council, Windsor Plywood, Mr. Bent at WSS and Whistler/Blackcomb,

For donating time and material to make sets that we like.

And finally to Kristi, Megan, Ronnie, Kathleen, Denise and Rob, I can't say in the least

Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything... including the roast beast!

Jeff Maynard, principal

Myrtle Philip Community School


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