September Update for Members and Community Supporters

Hi folks,

It’s about six months to the day now that our world went topsy-turvy. So much has happened to change and shape our way of thinking about how we can do our work here to engage, energize, and enrich the cultural life of Golden.

In March — after the initial shock and disappointment — came the slow realization that all our programming plans for the next few … or many, many … months had to be scrapped and re-imagined to respond to Covid realities.

First Summer Kicks … With the massive support of Town of Golden staff, the Fire Department, Home Hardware, and many more, we were able to load up dozens of local musicians onto our flatbed trailer stage and bring Summer Kicks to the neighbourhoods of Golden for 10 weeks through the summer. What a blast it was to see your response to our travelling road show!

Once all Covid health protocols were in place, our Art Gallery of Golden re-opened in early July and we were so very grateful to soon regain a somewhat normal summer traffic flow of visitors because your purchases at AGOG support the income of about 100 local and regional artists. FYI Mark MacKenzie’s summer exhibit was enjoyed by more than 2,000 visitors and Martin Olson’s Local Colour opened last weekend with numerous sales already!

So now what are we going to do?

Well, first of all we want to encourage you to come into AGOG and renew your membership to recognize and celebrate the Golden District Arts Council’s 50th anniversary year. Yes … the GDAC nonprofit Society was founded by volunteers in October of 1970.

We had some big plans in the works to celebrate this “Golden” anniversary but, given that indoor gatherings are still limited to only a few dozen folks, those plans are now on the back burner — for the time being. Please know your Membership renewal supports our fundraising and conveys to our stakeholders that we have earned our community’s engagement and support.

But, we don’t want to coast on that. We’re in the wonderful business of bringing people together to enjoy the arts and, despite the times, that’s what we’re planning to keep on doing!

We had to postpone our Fall line-up of Live Kicks shows and we hope to bring those artists here in Fall 2021. In the meantime, we’ve planned a re-imagined Fall line-up of Live Kicks shows in the Great Hall of the Civic Centre that we believe will be entertaining and safe. Stay tuned for a News Kicks announcement later next week with all the details .

Our volunteer Film Kicks group under the leadership of Mandy Cantle has met and decided to roll out a Film Kicks evening at the Cinema later in October as a trial run. If all goes well, they’re planning more! Stay tuned as News Kicks announces the details later this month.

Our long-standing Christmas Craft Faire at the Rec Plex in late November poses a few more challenges to respond to but in discussions with our local vendors we think there’s a plan evolving that will satisfy that community desire to browse and buy what our local artisans have been making in the lead up to the Christmas season. More on this soon.

AGOG will also have a special Christmas section through December featuring the work of artisans that are unable to attend the Craft Faire given Covid realities.

So there’s a lot of activity going on and being readied for your enjoyment. Please stay tuned to our regular News Kicks email blasts — subscribe here — and look for us at “Kicking Horse Culture” on Facebook and Instagram for updates coming soon.

As always, thanks to our great volunteers and staff and especially the Town of Golden and CSRD Area ‘A’ for their continuing support — 14 years and counting!

Cheers,

 

 

 

 

Executive & Artistic Director

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Last Fall our Anonymous Art Show was such a hit with the community, we knew right away we’ve got to do this again this year! Remember… the thrill of the exhibit is that all works are displayed anonymously, with the artist remaining a mystery until the work is purchased. In other words, visitors browse the…

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September Update for Members and Community Supporters

Hi folks,

It’s about six months to the day now that our world went topsy-turvy. So much has happened to change and shape our way of thinking about how we can do our work here to engage, energize, and enrich the cultural life of Golden.

In March — after the initial shock and disappointment — came the slow realization that all our programming plans for the next few … or many, many … months had to be scrapped and re-imagined to respond to Covid realities.

First Summer Kicks … With the massive support of Town of Golden staff, the Fire Department, Home Hardware, and many more, we were able to load up dozens of local musicians onto our flatbed trailer stage and bring Summer Kicks to the neighbourhoods of Golden for 10 weeks through the summer. What a blast it was to see your response to our travelling road show!

Once all Covid health protocols were in place, our Art Gallery of Golden re-opened in early July and we were so very grateful to soon regain a somewhat normal summer traffic flow of visitors because your purchases at AGOG support the income of about 100 local and regional artists. FYI Mark MacKenzie’s summer exhibit was enjoyed by more than 2,000 visitors and Martin Olson’s Local Colour opened last weekend with numerous sales already!

So now what are we going to do?

Well, first of all we want to encourage you to come into AGOG and renew your membership to recognize and celebrate the Golden District Arts Council’s 50th anniversary year. Yes … the GDAC nonprofit Society was founded by volunteers in October of 1970.

We had some big plans in the works to celebrate this “Golden” anniversary but, given that indoor gatherings are still limited to only a few dozen folks, those plans are now on the back burner — for the time being. Please know your Membership renewal supports our fundraising and conveys to our stakeholders that we have earned our community’s engagement and support.

But, we don’t want to coast on that. We’re in the wonderful business of bringing people together to enjoy the arts and, despite the times, that’s what we’re planning to keep on doing!

We had to postpone our Fall line-up of Live Kicks shows and we hope to bring those artists here in Fall 2021. In the meantime, we’ve planned a re-imagined Fall line-up of Live Kicks shows in the Great Hall of the Civic Centre that we believe will be entertaining and safe. Stay tuned for a News Kicks announcement later next week with all the details .

Our volunteer Film Kicks group under the leadership of Mandy Cantle has met and decided to roll out a Film Kicks evening at the Cinema later in October as a trial run. If all goes well, they’re planning more! Stay tuned as News Kicks announces the details later this month.

Our long-standing Christmas Craft Faire at the Rec Plex in late November poses a few more challenges to respond to but in discussions with our local vendors we think there’s a plan evolving that will satisfy that community desire to browse and buy what our local artisans have been making in the lead up to the Christmas season. More on this soon.

AGOG will also have a special Christmas section through December featuring the work of artisans that are unable to attend the Craft Faire given Covid realities.

So there’s a lot of activity going on and being readied for your enjoyment. Please stay tuned to our regular News Kicks email blasts — subscribe here — and look for us at “Kicking Horse Culture” on Facebook and Instagram for updates coming soon.

As always, thanks to our great volunteers and staff and especially the Town of Golden and CSRD Area ‘A’ for their continuing support — 14 years and counting!

Cheers,

 

 

 

 

Executive & Artistic Director

Summer Kicks takes the show to the streets this summer!

June 8, 2020  In partnership with the Town of Golden and CSRD Area ‘A’, Kicking Horse Culture will be taking music to the streets with the Summer Kicks concert series. This summer, residents will be able to enjoy live music concerts throughout the community from the comfort and safety of lawns, balconies and local park…

FREE Physical Comedy Workshop with James & Jamesy

James & Jamesy are in town for a performance of In The Dark on March 6. The night before, Thursday March 5 from 6pm to 9pm KHC is hosting a very, very special; workshop for a limited number of adults and youth. It’s free but you must register for the workshop… see the contact form…

KHC annual video report of achievement for 18-19 fiscal

The Board and staff of KHC/GDAC presented this annual report of achievement at the AGM on Nov 27, 2019.

Do you need the Snow King’s MasqueParade in your life?

The Snow King’s MasqueParade is created by those people who show up each year and share their talents and energy. It’s a creative and fiery boost to our lives in the deep dark months of winter. We need it and we enthusiastically welcome contributions from new people with fresh energy and passion to join us…

KHC/GDAC AGM Wednesday Nov 27, 2019 – Annual Reports

Golden District Arts Council aka Kicking Horse Culture is holding our Annual General Meeting at 5pm on Wed, Nov. 27, 2019 at the Civic Centre. All members are eligible to vote. Memberships are available at Art Gallery of Golden. The 18/19 Annual Report will be presented at the meeting. The 18/19 GDAC Financials prepared by…

Ballet Kelowna community dance workshop Nov 23

Ballet Kelowna is headed to town for a performance of MAMBO and Other Works on Sunday evening November 24. But, we’ve asked them to come in a day early and host a community dance workshop in the hall with support from the BC Arts Council. It’s free but space is limited – suggested age range…

Announcing Golden’s 2nd annual “I Like It” Anonymous Art Show

Last Fall our Anonymous Art Show was such a hit with the community, we knew right away we’ve got to do this again this year! Remember… the thrill of the exhibit is that all works are displayed anonymously, with the artist remaining a mystery until the work is purchased. In other words, visitors browse the…

KHC/AGOG presents 4 Visual Arts community workshops

KHC/AGOG Presents 4 Visual Arts community workshops to get inspired for this November’s “I Like It!” The 2019 Anonymous Art Show     Hey you! It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old. It doesn’t matter whether you think of yourself as a practicing artist or just like to have fun playing around with…

Summer Drumming in Spirit Square

Hello Golden Drummers! KHC is very excited to announce that Patrick Carrick of Columbia Valley Drumming has teamed up with the Golden Youth Centre and KHC to run a summer-long, community-focused drumming program in Golden’s Spirit Square, through July and August! Here’s the info you need from Patrick Carrick of Columbia Valley Drummers: Every Thursday…