Finally, the city is putting efforts into making White Rock an arts town worth seeking out.
I’m delighted to see all the arts activities planned for the months of September and October – and, I have to say, shocked that the city has hired a full-time cultural arts liaison.
We all know that our town is bursting with exceptional artistic talent and, more obviously, that this is the key to making businesses in the community thrive. If people flock to our town for art, they also spend money in its restaurants and shops.
I’m particularly interested in the International Artist Day Festival at the end of October. Our very own Chris MacClure started a holiday years back, Oct. 25, as a day to thank artists for their contribution to society. The holiday has been celebrated in countries all over the world and, for the first time, White Rock will be celebrating, too.
That night, the IAD hosts a gala event at the White Rock Community Centre. I originally thought the ticket price of $150 was a bit steep, then I realized the ticket includes a $100-voucher. I can have my pick from more than 100 artists’ works on display. And the best part, the artists will be there to talk to me about it!
Let’s hope the community comes together in support of making this town come alive during these months – businesses and residents alike.
Janet Neumann, White Rock