THE future HOME TO THE VERNON PUBLIC ART GALLERY & THE GREATER VERNON MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
Why we need the
The VPAG is the largest contemporary art gallery in the North Okanagan.
Currently, the gallery operates out of a facility located under the Vernon Parkade which was meant to be a temporary location due to limited space, leaks in the ceiling, and an uncontrolled environment.
VPAG was rehomed to its 31st Avenue home in 1995 and expanded to more than 6,000 square feet by 2004. The spot under the downtown parkade was only meant to be temporary, Kennedy said, and a new state-of-the-art facility can’t come soon enough.
“We had a big exhibition last year where that wall had $60,000 of art on it and the wall flooded. Thank God the art was OK but those are the kinds of situations we’re dealing with,” she said. “This was never built as an art gallery.”
The gallery has outgrown its space and with ongoing issues of leaks and flooding, Kennedy said it’s a challenge to uphold its mandate to bring engaging art to the community.
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Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy is eager to see more progress on the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
help us reach our $4 million capital campaign goal today!
On October 20, 2018, Greater Vernon voters were asked to decide whether they support borrowing up to $25 million for the purpose of constructing a new cultural centre in downtown Vernon. The referendum, which was approved with the 2018 general local elections, has provided the authority to borrow up to $25 million to fund a portion of the project, and has allowed the community to move forward to the next step of preparing grant applications and fundraising to generate the $15 million required to complete this $40 million dollar project.
The Beach Radio Community Airtime Award is presented. L-R: Steve Fleck, Greater Vernon Museum; Akbal Mund, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee; Dauna Kennedy, Vernon Public Art Gallery; Bryan Ford, Beach Radio; Deborah Fox, Hytec; Keith Rickard, Lake City Casino (Vernon Matters Staff).
Cultural centre awarded Beach Radio Community Airtime Award
The Greater Vernon Cultural Centre has been chosen as the latest recipient of the Beach Radio Community Airtime Award.
The award is granted semi-annually in partnership with Lake City Casino and Hytec, a Kohler company, to a non-profit group or charitable organization with an advertising grant of $35,000 to be used over a six month period.
Bryan Ford, general sales manager of Beach Radio, says it helps groups get the word out about their programs, or to launch fundraising campaigns.
“Non-profit groups are some of the hardest working people in the world, and unfortunately most groups don’t have the funding to get the word out, or to launch a fundraising campaign, as almost all funds go to operating costs,” said Ford. “They are just like most other businesses; they have goals and aspirations for their organization, and our hope is that the Community Airtime Award will help these organizations take things to the next level.”
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