ArtSea Community Arts Council is a volunteer-run organization with a mission to support and promote the development of all forms of the arts and cultural activities on the Saanich Peninsula. ArtSea makes it possible for residents and visitors to enjoy many exciting programs at the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park and community events including, the Sidney Fine Art Show, the Spring and Fall Studio Tour, the Salish Sea Lantern Festival, the Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk, and more… ArtSea also provides financial support, in the form of member funding grants and sponsorships, for several local arts and culture organizations, and offers a student scholarship for the arts.
All activities are open to the entire community welcoming artists at all levels from emerging to professional artists, arts and culture groups, and community members curious about the arts. Service to our members reflects their interests and responds to their concerns.
Vision: For the Saanich Peninsula to be recognized as a major art and cultural centre in British Columbia.
Mission: ArtSea supports and promotes the development of all forms of the arts and cultural activities on the Saanich Peninsula.
Mandate: To encourage public awareness of and participation in the cultural life of the Saanich Peninsula. To fulfill its mandate ArtSea will:
- Promote awareness of and participation in the arts.
- Serve as the cultural voice of the community, advocating on its behalf with
government and industry stakeholders.
- Be the go-to place for information and resources on arts and culture.
- Work in collaboration with community partners and arts organizations in facilitating
high quality and diverse artistic programming and events.
- Be a springboard of community engaged art.
History: ArtSea has played an essential role in the cultural and artistic activities on the Saanich Peninsula since 1991. Formerly known as the Community Arts Council for the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), ArtSea is a non-profit and a registered charitable organization that operates in accordance with the BC Societies Act.