New arts guide accepting registrations

The brand new Central Island Arts Guide is accepting registrations for artists of all types.

The guide offers visitors and residents a year-round directory to our community of creators, makers, artists, musicians, studios, writers, performers, crafters and more.

“This guide will be the definitive resource for all things arts and culture,” says Comox Valley Arts executive director Dallas Stevenson. “Our goal is that it becomes the go-to for residents, businesses and tourists who are seeking creative support, instruction, products or services.”

Encompassing the entire Central Island region from Parksville to Campbell River, and all the islands in between, there are hundreds of artists of every description who are eligible to participate. The main criteria is that you want the public to know you exist.

Not limited to visual arts, the guide welcomes performing, written, digital and craft artisans, such as bands, session musicians, vocalists for hire, songwriters, actors, directors, designers, stage managers, authors, poets, ghost writers, editors, sound engineers, recording studios, game designers… you name it.

“The Central Island region is home to approximately 10 per cent of B.C.’s arts sector – that’s a lot of people,” project co-ordinator Kera McHugh said. “We want as many as possible to participate in this inaugural issue, and to help firmly and publicly establish our corridor as the arts and culture mecca we all know it is.

“It’s a big undertaking that marks the full evolution of the Central Island Studio Tour. This new guide will also serve as the tour brochure for our sixth Studio Tour – happening May 26 and 27. Studio owners who wish to participate in the 2018 Studio Tour need to be in the guide. This is THE publication that will tell folks where to find you.”

The guide is also welcoming advertisers who want to benefit from those seeking arts and culture experiences and products. ​”​Demonstrating that you know the arts are a big part of the amazing community we share is a great way to attract new business​,” say Stevenson​. ​”​People in the arts support businesses who support the arts. It’s a great partnership.​”​

Distribution of the 30,000-plus full colour copies is slated for all of Vancouver Island, including all major BC Ferries routes and the Black Ball routes to Washington State, as well as key tourist locations that lead to the Island.

To learn more or register online, visit centralislandartsguide.com.

FMI: events@comoxvalleyarts.com or (250) 650-5425

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