The Sesquicentennial milestone provides an opportunity to shape the future of our city with celebrations, events and projects. To help support non-profit organizations in implementing unique initiatives that will leave a lasting legacy in our community, the City of Kelowna established the Sesquicentennial Grant. The intent of the Sesquicentennial Grant is to make a lasting impact that reflects the rich culture of Canada and Kelowna’s natural attributes. The two intake dates for this grant are now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest.
The projects funded through the Sesquicentennial Grant align with at least one of the City’s Canada 150 identified themes:
- Embrace, preserve and celebrate the natural assets of Kelowna including the lake, trails, landscape and four season recreational opportunities;
- Celebrate cultural diversity and freedom;
- Empower our youth to shape the community they desire;
- Honour the history of our region and the prominent people and events that connect us;
- Recognize and celebrate the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous nations who continue to be an integral part of our community; and
- Lay the groundwork for innovation that will strengthen our community.
Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra have teamed up to present Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration. The unique performance will feature Canadian music, arranged for and performed by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and dance choreographed by four renowned Canadian choreographers for Ballet Kelowna’s professional dancers. The performances will be augmented by education and outreach programming that use the project’s Canadian themes and music to connect students in the community.
Chamber Music Kelowna, in partnership with Festivals Kelowna and the Rotary Centre for the Arts, will present Canada 150 Summer Fest, an outdoor summer jazz concert and an indoor classical performance. Residents and visitors will be invited to celebrate Canadian-grown musical talent, engage and give profile to local musicians.
The Kelowna Art Gallery Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections on display from July 1 until October 15, 2017. This exhibition features over 80 significant Canadian works of art borrowed from the homes of private collectors in the Kelowna area and brought together for a landmark show that celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. It includes historical Canadian works by artists such as Cornelius Krieghoff, A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, Jack Bush, Gershon Iskowitz, Jack Shadbolt, and Daphne Odjig.
The Kelowna Dragon Boat Society will establish the Canada 150 Paddle Trail - a water trail with wayfinding buoys from Bertram Creek Park to McKinley Landing. The intent is for these buoys to provide paddle enthusiasts with a marked route showing distances and direction to public beaches including those which are only accessible from the water.
The Kelowna Museum Society has partnered with Westbank First Nation, Metro Community, the French Cultural Centre and the Chinese Canadian Association to establish a permanent exhibit called 150 Stories from 150 Years, which will showcase the prominent cultures that have an important role in our past and present. This multi-media display will include recordings of native languages of the people who inhabited our region: a multi-sensory experience which contributes to greater cultural appreciation and language preservation.
The New Vintage Theatre will present A (Kelowna) Christmas Carol towards the end of 2017. The Theatre will research the historical beginnings of Kelowna and write an adaption of A Christmas Carol set in our city. This original work will tell the story of the names, business families and First Nations people who contributed to the community we know today.
Okanagan College has partnered with Westbank First Nation, Growing Inspired Garden Education and Design and the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club to establish a traditional garden on the Okanagan College campus. The project, named na’ʔk’ʷulamən - The things that we do, will reflect the myriad of ways that plants are used in Indigenous culture. The 6,000 square foot garden will be a teaching and learning site for students, campus, Indigenous community and public and will serve as a model for other like gardens in the community.