BBC Arts and Culture Week is upon us again. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the province wide celebration. Annually the Assembly of BC Arts Councils, in association with BC Arts Councils promotes this week in the hopes of drawing attention to all kinds of cultural activities promoting the arts.

In Tumbler Ridge, we draw from many talented artists of all ages, both visual and performing. We are rich in talent in this community, with opportunity to grow the talent bank and help all of our artists develop. While performing artists may be more limited in our location for the time being, the visual artists have a greater chance of marketing their work. The Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council (TRCAC) encourages that and hopes to continue providing opportunities for all artists.

Volunteers and community support have always been in large part, the success of any measure in Tumbler Ridge. Without our fantastic volunteers, local organizations of every kind would suffer. The support from the community is the sign to our volunteers that their efforts are appreciated and venues and opportunities for the artistic talent in our town is TRCAC?s objective.

TRCAC has the following organizations within their umbrella, with direct tie-ins to artistic contributions or the interests of. They are: TR Arts Show Committee (art gallery management); TR Adult Community Choir; Scrapaholics (scrap booking); Theatre On The Ridge (Grizzly Valley Players – adult drama); TR Public Library; Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation; TR Ridge Rippers Quilt Guild; TRSS Arts and Culture Group (youth drama and visual arts); Mid-Winter Review Crew; TR Days Society (Grizfest); Terry Lansdowne Foundation, and Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society. Business partners this year are Chamber of Commerce and TR News.

This shows the dedication and appreciation for the arts in Tumbler Ridge. For every child or adult that enjoys an alternate type pf activity, there are those among us who enjoy creativity. The word ?culture? embodies such a diverse meaning, enjoyment of everything from sports, to wilderness, to music festivals, recitals, literacy and all interests in between. We are not limited to a rigid definition. Creativity wears many hats, enjoy them all!

This year BC Arts and Culture Week takes place April 19-26 and events will take place primarily on the last weekend. The third annual TR Junior Idol, along with live theatre and artwork displayed will take place in Rooms 3, 4 and 5. On the Tuesday of that week is the presentation of author Mike Nash, promoting his last book ?The Mountain Knows No Expert?, brought to you by TR Public Library and WNMS as part of the Itchy Feet series. Please watch for postings on specifics and come out and breathe in some creativity. It certainly can?t harm you!

BC Arts and Culture Week is funded by Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council, Assembly of BC Arts Councils, BC Arts Councils, and joint venture with District of Tumbler Ridge. For further information, please email tr_artscouncil@yahoo.c