In 1989 the visual and performing artists and artisans of Salt Spring Island, in conjunction with the Gulf Islands Community Arts Council and Salt Spring Island Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission, formed the Island Arts Centre Society . The Society was then given the mandate to raise funds and design, build and operate a centre for the arts. Artist Robert Bateman officially opened ArtSpring in April 1999.
The mission of the Island Arts Centre Society is to operate a community arts centre and to promote the appreciation and practice of artistic creativity.
Purposes of the Island Arts Centre Society:
a) To support the advancement of the performing, visual and creative arts and crafts on Salt Spring Island.
b) To build, operate, maintain, and promote ArtSpring as a facility comprised of a theatre, gallery, display space and workshop space for those engaged in the performing, visual and creative arts and crafts, as well as for other groups and individuals engaged in activities of community benefit.
c) To develop and execute public education to support the performing, visual and creative arts and crafts.
d) To bring high quality British Columbian, Canadian, and international performing artists to Salt Spring audiences by presenting music, dance, theatre and other professional performances.
The Board of the Island Arts Centre Society presents the annual report and financial statements at the Annual General Meeting (November/December). The Board invites the general public to attend. Members of the Society in good standing, and with a minimum of 30 days membership prior to the date of the meeting, are entitled to vote. The Board posts the approved reports on this webpage following the AGM.