Kate Harrison Whiteside
Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) is preparing to tackle the upcoming busy season with its new Program Administrator Tara Kowalchuk ready for action.
Tara, a native of Rossland, has a diploma in Recreation, Tourism and Community Development, from Red Deer College and a degree in Recreation Management from Melbourne, Australia’s Victoria University.
“I was inspired to apply because it was a good opportunity to work with the community,” said Kowalchuk, “and I think the Arts Council does great things. What they bring to the community, the amount of events and the quality of performances, makes Rossland a neat place to live. For such a small town, it’s quite incredible.”
Tara’s current energy is focused on grant writing to meet upcoming deadlines for applications and event promotions.
“We are working on getting grants for our performance series to get it started,” said Kowalchuk. “We want to make sure the Arts Council news gets out, so people can make their plans and get their tickets.”
The first performance is Tillers Folly, an acoustic roots band, on October 4.
“We are putting this performance on as a dance,” said Kowachuk,” which will be a fundraiser for the Miners Hall attic upgrades.”
The RCAC is planning four performance events—this October and November, then February and April 2015.
“We are really pleased to have Tara,” said Renate Fleming, RCAC President. “She’s very competent and professional.”
“We are looking forward to the bear sculptures, by John McKinnon of Nelson, coming to Rossland,” said Fleming. “This is going to be very exciting, and we are planning an unveiling event to celebrate.”
“I am doing a post-a-day called ‘Daily Dose of Culture’ on our Facebook Page,” said Kowalchuk. “It’s a quick little post about arts and culture happenings.”
Visit the RCAC’s new website at rosslandartscouncil.com or their Facebook page to find out more.