About Culture in Kelowna
We are dedicated to fostering a rich and vibrant creative sector in our community by supporting cultural events, programs, facilities, organizations and artists. We recognize that both our residents and visitors value artistic and cultural opportunities. Ultimately, arts, culture and heritage enhances how visitors experience our city, and why residents are proud to call it home.
It is not the role of government to create culture. Our role is to help it grow organically through supporting our community’s creative champions. It is through the tireless work of artists, organization leaders, volunteers and audiences that Kelowna can be home to so many high-quality cultural experiences.
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- Find out more about the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan
- Apply for Cultural Grants
- Learn more about our new Artist in Residence program
- Find creative spaces
- Explore the Cultural District
- Learn about our city’s heritage
- View our city’s public art collection
- See it live at the Kelowna Community Theatre
- Find cultural events on the City calendar
In response to the updated 2020-2025 Cultural Plan, Creative Okanagan and a group of like-minded community members (the Leadership Ensemble) are developing the Central Okanagan Music Strategy. This Strategy will advance the sustainability of the music industry in our community and beyond.
The Leadership Ensemble is seeking individuals with a variety of expertise in the music industry to participate in an advisory group. The group will support the development of the Music Strategy by providing perspective and input into its creation.
Stay tuned for more information to get involved!
Non-profit organization board members and staff are invited to meet and learn from the author of the Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity book, Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens.
By the end of the full-day workshop, you will be able to:
- Explain the seven stages of organizational lifecycle and identify the five areas of organizational capacity;
- Identify the benefits of applying the lifecycle lens and capacity framework to improve mission impact and program delivery;
- Self-assess your organization or program’s current stage using the Nonprofit Lifecycle Selfie Tool; and
- Identify realistic, concrete steps your organization can take to build capacity in governance, management, financial resources and/or administrative systems
Organizations with two or more representatives in attendance will have the opportunity to apply to the new 12-month Capacity Building Intensive Cohort Program. Program details will be available in February 2020.
Thanks to the support of our project partners this workshop is free, however you are required to register online by March 6th. The first 50 registrants that attend the workshop will receive a free copy of Dr. Stevens’ book. Register early as space is limited!
Thank you to the project partners: Central Okanagan Foundation, Valley First, Vantage Point and City of Kelowna.
Do you have an upcoming event and want to get the word out to the community? In our efforts to promote arts, culture and heritage in Kelowna, Cultural Services will distribute and display event posters for cultural events on bulletin boards at various facilities around the City. Check out the guidelines below for eligibility and more information.
Upcoming Poster Distribution Days
Drop your posters off at the Cultural Services office before that month's distribution day to make sure it is included.
- January 30th
- February 27th
- March 26th
- April 30th
- May 28th
- June 25th