Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for the Nelson and District Arts Council will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:00pm at Sage Tapas and Wine Bar (705 Vernon St). Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to bring a guest.

AGM Agenda 2016

AGM Minutes 2015


Call for Artists and Venues – Nelson ArtWalk 2016

Call for Artists and Venues – Nelson ArtWalk 2016Nelson and District Arts Council presents the 28th Annual ArtWalk event! ArtWalk has drawn locals and visitors downtown to experience the wonderful work of our visual artists for 28 years!  A truly Nelson family summer activity.  Opening night activities will be held at businesses and venues throughout Nelson on Friday, July 1st from 6pm to 9:30 pm.  ArtWalk runs until August 26th.APPLICATIONS FOR ARTWALK 2016 : If you are an artist or a venue interested in participating in this year’s ArtWalk, please email, or visit to download an application form.

Mail or email completed forms to:
Nelson and District Arts Council
PO Box 422 Nelson, BC V1L 5R2

ArtWalkApplication 2016 pdf



Sydney Leigh Black Appointed as NDAC’s New Executive Director


The Nelson and District Arts Council is thrilled to report the appointment of Sydney Black as the new Executive Director of the Arts Council. Beginning her position on March 29th Sydney brings experience and personality to the position. Founder and Artistic Director of Black Productions; and Vice President of the Amy Ferguson Institute, Ms. Black is welcomed by the Board and Membership of NDAC. With a heavy slate of activities planned for the organization including Artwalk 2016, the Lakeside Amphitheatre Project and her position on the Cultural Development Committee, the arts council is confident that continued growth is imminent with Sydney in her new position.

Media Contact:
Neil Harrower
Nelson and District Arts Council
PO Box 422
Nelson, BC V1L 5R2
(250) 352-5094

Call for Nominations: 

Carver Award for Emerging Writers

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

request assistance in nominating emerging writers in Kootenay communities for

the 4rd Annual Carver Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize and presentation

at the Festival’s 100-Mile Gala in Nelson on July 7, 2016.


  • New writer – someone just starting in their career
  • Creative/literary (not instructional, self-help)
  • Minimum one book published, maximum two books published or equivalent professional publishing, such as in anthologies or literary journals
  • Books that are self-published or professionally published are eligible
  • Kootenay/Boundary resident

Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2016

To: Please have “Carver Award” in the subject line.

Nominations to include:

  1. Name of nominator
  2. Name of nominee
  3. Writing discipline (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, teen, children’s, other)
  4. Title(s)
  5. Publisher (name of publisher)/self-published
  6. Reason for nominating


Richard Carver was a lover of the arts and the Kootenays, and he was invested in the community. He was a mover and shaker on the board of the Nelson and District Arts Council, the primary sponsor of this award named in his honour. Richard believed in creative endeavour for its own sake—with the process more important than the outcome. He was also generous with his encouragement. After Richard passed away in 2009, the Arts Council founded this award, which has been awarded twice.

Past Award Recipients:

2013 winner: Darcee O’Hearne (children’s literature)

2014 winner: Jane Byers, poetry

2015 co-winners: Susan Dancer and Avi Silberstein