Kicking Horse Culture is a community arts council with a Mission to engage, energize, and enrich the cultural life of Kicking Horse Country. We achieve our Mission through the delivery of a variety of programs and initiatives throughout the year. Stay up-to-date on what we do by subscribing to our weekly News Kicks emails or on Facebook. For a glimpse back in time, take a look at our poster retrospective to see some of the activities we have presented over the last decade.
LIVE Kicks performing arts series
KHC presents performances of music, theatre and dance during the fall/winter/spring season at our beautifully restored Golden Civic Centre. These performances are given by leading and emerging Canadian and international touring artists. We thank the BC Arts Council and Canadian Heritage for their annual support to bring outstanding professional touring artists to play for our local community. KHC belongs to the BC Touring Council which provides professional development and the annual Pacific Contact conference where touring artists and presenters come together to build tours throughout BC communities. Click here to see this season’s line-up.
Similarly KHC presents ten free outdoor concerts featuring BC and Canadian emerging artists and international festival artists in the town’s Spirit Square down by the covered bridge. This summer’s series also featured one local artist in performance at each show. The concerts are presented on a mid-week evening to an enthusiastic all ages crowd of 300-500. Tagged “The world comes to play in Golden”, KHC used up some surplus funds in 2006 to get the series going. In 2010, the Town of Golden came aboard as the major funder. Click here to see the 2015 series line up.
AGOG exhibits and sells the hand made arts and artisan work of approximately 90 artists from the Golden region and the Columbia River basin. In the non-profit world, AGOG is a “social enterprise” in that we collaborate with local artists to exhibit and sell their wares. We operate on a commission basis with 60% of the sale going to the artist. In addition, the gallery presents about 8 solo and group exhibits annually – most we curate ourselves while also presenting exhibits created by other galleries and artists. AGOG has become known these past few years for innovative exhibits and projects like Adventurers & Settlers, GOLDEN. We Call This Home, The Bugaboos, and Columbia Wetlands – Natural Inspiration. Click here to see previous shows.
Kicking Horse Culture gratefully acknowledges our partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit, a network of hundreds of Canadian communities coming together to present the best of Canadian and international film. KHC thanks our FILM Kicks volunteer group for curating the season’s film selections and hosting the 7 film nights through the fall/winter/spring series at the Golden Cinema. Click here for this year’s line-up.
Throughout the year, KHC provides dozens of engagement activities for children and youth in our community. These range from concerts, workshops, community arts activities, and support to individuals. In 15/16 KHC has leveraged $20,000 in BC Arts Council funding to create and support these activities. Look for this special button in our marketing to signify this activity.
The dream of our MasqueParade hearkens back to a time when neighbours joined together to make their own entertainment and bring meaning to their lives through celebration.
This is grass roots activity showcasing a wide range of hands-on artistic activities and attracting the widest possible audience – the whole community! Over a period of months, professional and community-based artists work in collaboration with about 300 folks in the community – both young and old and everyone in between – to create a large-scale outdoor ‘pageant’ performed in the round with more than 1000 folks in attending in Golden’s Spirit Square. Together, we make low tech magic.
Christmas Craft Faire
Now in it’s 3rd decade, and attended by thousands at the Mt 7 Rec Plex each November, KHC presents and hosts the Christmas Craft Faire featuring handcrafted gifts from 65 local and regional artists and artisans.
KHC partners and collaborates with a variety of community folks, arts and social organizations as ideas and projects are conceived both locally and at a regional, provincial and national level. For instance, KHC provides support to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance to disseminate and adjudicate grants to local artists. Staff also assists as a clearinghouse of information received from provincial and national colleagues sharing this information with our members and our local artists, audiences. Our staff also informally mentor and provide encouragement, suggestions to local artists and organizations as the opportunity arises.