Creative Community

Visual art festivals are integral to a happy, functioning, and vibrant community. As some may already know, it is not an easy task to organize and produce an annual event. Many elements and contributions outside of the visual arts world are needed to make the event a reality. The final result is truly where the signs of a supportive community show.

Festivals and events provide not only a palette for local artists and artisans to share their vision with the masses, but also allows businesses to interact with their communities in a different way. Charities gain broader exposure, the average person has the ability to immerse themselves in whatever catches their eye, and children are opened to what art means. With all proceeds going to local venders and merchants, the benefits of these events all go back to those within the community.

In the end, the networking and exposure of the visual arts pave the way for future collaborations, and ultimately, for the future generations to continue spreading the importance of an artistic community. We sat down with the some of the key organizers and sponsors of one of the largest art festivals in the lower mainland, Arts Alive, to further explore how this particular festival has impacted the entire Langley community.

Watch Creative Community above and visit the links below for annual festivals and events throughout BC.

Special Thanks To:

Teri James – Executive DirectorDT Langley Business Association

Rosemary Wallace – PresidentLangley Arts Council

Chakara Brown – ManagerOpus Art Supplies, Langley

Nicole Eich – Foundation and Community Investment ManagerWestminster Savings

Shannon Balla – Sales ManagerLangley Advance

Tanya Vandriel – RepresentativeSocial Shopper

Don Shilton – Executive DirectorLangley Arts Council

Judy Pohl – OwnerMagical Murals

Josh Jenkins – PhotographerJosh Jenkins Photography

Drena Hambrook – Oil Painter – Langley Arts Council Member

David James – Arts Alive

Across BC:
BC Culture Days
BC Cultural Crawl
BC Youth Week

Community Arts Council of Vancouver
Eastside Culture Crawl
Art Battle
Circle Craft Christmas Market
Make It! The Handmade Revolution
Got Craft
Queer Arts Festival
Artists in Our Midst
12×12 Photo Marathon
Emily Con – Emily Carr University

North & West Vancouver:
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Art in the Garden
Anonymous Art Show
Artists for Conservation Festival
North Shore Art Crawl
Showdown in the Square
West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Harmony Arts Festival

Fraser Valley:
Langley Arts Council
Arts Alive

Arts Council of Surrey
Surrey Children’s Festival
Burnaby Arts Council
Deer Lake Craft Festival
New Westminster Art Council
New West Cultural Crawl
Abbotsford Arts Council
Fraser Valley Regional Biennale

Arts Council of the Central Okanagan
Parks Alive!
Arts Alive!
Lake Country Art Walk
Arts Wells
Harrison Festival Society

Victoria/Vancouver Island:
Arts Victoria
Victoria International Chalk Art Festival
Integrate Arts Festival
Westshore Wonderland Craft Fair
Sidney Fine Arts Show
Sooke Fine Arts Show