You would have to be either new to town or oblivious to Ladysmith summer arts culture to be unaware of Arts on the Avenue every August for the last 15 years.
This year will be the 16th year that Arts on the Avenue takes over a chunk of the downtown core for a day to bring approximately 50 artists, of all varieties, to the streets. The downtown comes alive with sound, visual stimulation and sensory experiences.
To keep this thriving art movement alive, the committee for Arts on the Avenue is looking for help. The current committee lead co-ordinator, Kathy Holmes, also the Ladysmith Arts Council president, is keen to mentor the next person into the role. She is looking for someone who is willing to step in during the early organization phase, now, and stay with her until the end of this year’s event.
“We need someone who is organized, decisive, a team player, and an effective public and community networker, someone who will take on the role as co-coordinator and bring their enthusiasm to the event,” explains Holmes.
As you’ve guessed, Holmes is ready to pass this role on following the year’s end.
“The new person will be fully mentored and will work within the current team, each person in that team currently having at least five years experience with Arts on the Avenue production. So it’s a dynamic team with a bevy of experience, and each year, this event garners greater support and presence,” says Holmes.
Holmes advises that the person filling the position of co-ordinator does not have to be an artist, but needs to have an interest in the arts. Knowledge of the local arts community would certainly be an asset, but isn’t necessary.
The setup of the event has already begun. Artists have started to register, and the co-ordination of all the details is unfolding.
The new person has to be willing to commit to approximately one to three hours a month at the LAC office.
Please help the committee and the LAC rustle the bushes and find someone eager to offer their expertise and time to an important community event.
If you think you might be that person, please call Kathy Holmes at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery at 250-245-1252.
In addition, the committee is also looking for volunteers for the days leading up to the event and the day of the event.
If you enjoy working with a positive, uplifting team of committed individuals, please call Kathy at the number above.