The Island Arts Centre Society was formed by the visual and performing artists and artisans of Salt Spring Island in 1989, in conjunction with the Gulf Islands Community Arts Council and Salt Spring Island Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. It was 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.