Hope arts council seeks to raise $20,000

Community arts facility to be housed beside art gallery

A community fundraising project has kicked off, with its sights set on helping to finish building a community arts facility beside the art gallery.

The Hope and District Arts Council launched a Gofundme campaign with a goal of $20,000 to help turn a modular building into the new Art Machine studio space.

In 2016, the Hope and District Arts Council bought a modular building to house community artclasses. After the building was vandalized and finding out the roof needed replacing, they are now seeking community support in making the build a reality.

Money raised through the Gofund me page will go to replacing the roof and renovation costs. If there is any money left over, this will go into Art Machine programs.

“We’ve had to basically gut the thing,” Diane Ferguson, executive director of the Hope Arts Council, said. Vandals broke every piece of glass, every window and ripped out commercial cabinets in the modular building.

When finished, the 1,500 square foot building will sit beside the Hope Arts Gallery on Fort Street and Third Avenue as a community art space.

“Eventually, it’s going to be a community arts facility and we’ll provide arts and cultural programming there. It’s going to be two workshop spaces,” Ferguson said.

Studio A will be dedicated to visual arts, Studio B to pottery.

“We want to keep Studio A as dust free as possible because a lot of seniors can’t handle the dust,” she said.

The Art Machine now houses its classes in various facilities around the community, which is proving expensive at commercial rates.

Some classes, such as the children’s visual arts class, had to be shut down until the modular building opens.

The art machine offers arts classes for all ages. Children from age three all the way up to seniors attend the classes offered year round. These include “acrylic and watercolour painting, paper crafts, altered art, collage, fabric arts, both handbuilt and wheel thrown pottery.”

Ferguson said the rates for attending classes are affordable, with drop ins for children at $2.50. She added children and seniors in need can make arrangements with the arts council to attend if cost is an issue.

In addition to the donations coming from the community, project donors include the District of Hope, the province, BC/Canada 150, BC Collaborative Spaces, New Horizons for Seniors and other private donors.


A crew works to replace the roof on a modular building beside the Hope Art Gallery, which will one day house all Art Machine classes. The arts council is calling for donations to help fund the renovations. Hope and District Arts Council photo

Just Posted

Most cows saved during massive fire on Agassiz farm thanks to fast work of farmers, neighbours

Agassiz Fire Department responded to late night call Wednesday

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Massive fire destroys Agassiz dairy barn

Reports say at least one cow died in the blaze

Chilliwack and Yarrow libraries in need of reading buddies

The Reading Buddy program helps students in grades one to four develop a love of reading

Hope daycare and preschool project delayed past ‘aggressive ’ September start-date

12 families are waiting for Swetexl, a collaboration between faith, First Nations and education organizations, to open

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

Most Read