ArtSpring newsletter June 7, 2021

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Dear Friends,

I have no words. I sit in silence. We knew but we turned away. Flags at half-mast, displays of sorrow – what does it mean to the people who were affected and continue to be? I will listen to the stories of First Nations’ people, and try to find meaningful ways to contribute to reconciliation.

Writer Michelle Good has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language fiction this year. Her debut novel, Five Little Indians, follows five teenagers as they leave residential school and strive to find a place of safety in a world that doesn’t want them. Good previously worked as a lawyer advocating for residential school survivors. She joined Tom Power from Kamloops, B.C., to discuss her work and her amazing literary achievement.

If you have been affected by the residential school system and you need support right now, help is out there. The Residential School Crisis Line is open 24-hours a day. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

Listen to Michelle Good speak to Tom about her life and work.

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 and hobby items, gift certificates, adventures, services, and more, we’d love to hear from you.


Interesting Links


Indigenous Cities | Cités Autochtones

Presented through the NAC: experience stories from the cities you thought you knew. Indigenous Cities presents memories from Indigenous community members based in cities across Canada; memories that have been interpreted by Indigenous artists to create a unique audio storytelling experience. Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre Kevin Loring introduces the series. more>


Talking Stick Festival
Season of Four Fires | Summer Sojourn
June 1 — July 1, 2021

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival. This year they celebrate the work of their artists online.
Full Circle calls to the Four Directions and All Our Relations to gather around Four Fires, in each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Summer Soujourn schedule. more>


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.