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Dear Friends,

It was with a sense of relief that I received my COVID vaccine. Like many people I’d been carting around just a wee bit of tension and worry. My arm is a bit sore but other than that I’m doing just fine. The following day I am right back at it, programming for upcoming seasons, grant writing, etc, etc, etc…

Photo: Cicela Månsson

With thanks,
Cicela Månsson
Executive & Artistic Director, ArtSpring


At ArtSpring


This year’s events are online only

Silent auction – Wed July 14 – Sun July 18
Live auction – Sat July 17


Treasure Fair 2021 – Call For Donations

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items so far. Our wonderful acquisitions team, led by Kate Merry, is working hard to catalogue the incoming items. If you’d like to donate furniture, household items, sport and hobby goods, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.


Interesting Links


The Barre Project

Conceived in the midst of the pandemic, choreographer William Forsythe, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, and CLI Studios present The Barre Project (Blake Works II). Choreographed for film, with the feel of a live performance, The Barre Project was created via Zoom, with all rehearsal, filming and assembly taking place remotely. Available until Sunday May 16. more>

CAPACOA – Connections Project

The Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) is the national leader of Canada’s touring and presenting communities. Since its founding in 1985, CAPACOA has fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators.

CAPACOA continues to release its weekly video series Connections, featuring artists from around the world sharing their practice, inspiration, vision, and lockdown activities. This is the seventh of eight videos which become available between March 25 and May 13, 2021 more>


Governor General’s Literary Awards

Here’s a reading list for you!
Discover Canada’s best books – the finalists of the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2021.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks) finalists and winners are being celebrated in spring 2021. The GGBooks will then resume their normal schedule, with the 2021 finalists and winners to be revealed in the Autumn of 2021. more>

Margaret Grenier

Margaret Grenier is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Dancers of Damelahamid and the Coastal Dance Festival. In 2020 she received the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the first time it had been awarded to an Indigenous artist. We’ve been fortunate that Margaret and her company have presented their work at ArtSpring and hope to welcome them back in the future. Ontario Presents interviewed her on April 26.


COVID vaccine clinic information

The Salt Spring COVID-19 immunization clinic is being held in the ArtSpring galleries, April 7 to September 15. Entrance is via the rear parking lot only.

To book your vaccination appointment you can use BC’s new online registration system, or you can ring the provincial call centre 1.833.838.2323. Visit the Island Health vaccine site for more information.

Please do not contact ArtSpring as we are unable to help with vaccine clinic inquiries.

The BC Provincial Health Order of November 19 restricting events continues until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able.



We were sorry to hear that Thrifty Foods is discontinuing its Smile Card program in its current form. Thrifty’s has been a wonderful supporter to ArtSpring and Smile Cards made it really easy for our patrons to help with our fundraising. The program runs until June 15, so please continue to top up your card until then. After that date we’re able to apply for other community support programs. And let us know if you need a Smile Card – we’ll put one in the mail for you. email us>


The Pandemic Limerick Project book

Limericks In The Time of COVID. Available through ArtSpring and at Salt Spring Books. Every limerick submitted to the contest in the summer of 2020 is included, plus cartoons and illustrations by Jim Dickinson, Susan Benson and Michael Whitfield. more>

ArtSpring acknowledges the unceded territory and the ancestors of Salt Spring Island, the Coast Salish First Nations peoples of Salt Spring and surrounding areas, who continue to use and steward these lands. We at ArtSpring wish to pay respect to the Elders of this land, past and present.