Our Mission

The Pemberton Arts Council is here to engage the community by increasing opportunities for arts and culture in Pemberton and surrounding communities. 

Core Values

    • Inspiring
    • Innovative
    • Authentic

    Vision – Pemberton and regional communities value Art as a key element of their heritage and culture.


    To build, promote and integrate the arts and culture into the fabric of the community of Pemberton and surrounding areas, by:

    1. Educating and increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts and culture by providing performances and exhibitions of an artistic and cultural nature in public places.
    2. Providing instructional seminars and workshops to the public and to artists on topics related to arts and culture.
    3. Working collaboratively with other organizations in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support, enhance and coordinate artistic and cultural experiences such as, but not limited to, workshops, events, presentations, exhibitions and festivals.
    4. Working collaboratively with other organizations, businesses, government, First Nations communities and local residents in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support and enhance artistic and cultural tourism.
    5. To do all such other things as ancillary or incidental to the attainment of the above.

    Focus Areas

      • Building organizational capacity
      • Collaborating
      • Increasing awareness and participation
      • Programming 
      •  Performances, exhibitions & festivals
      •  Educating (includes seminars and workshops)
      •  Celebrating artistic endeavors and culture

      Strategic Priorities 

      • Find a home for PAC
      • Strengthen relations with public amenities (museum, community centre)
      • Provide progress reports to Village
      • Ensure that Tourism Pemberton continues to co-promote PAC events
      • Membership campaign to focus on lifelong memberships
      • Develop a sponsor package for Board solicitations
      • Board to engage in social media, promote awareness
      • Hold fundraising events


      Who live, work and exhibit around Pemberton and in the Sea to Sky Corridor are listed in our Artist Directory.

      Our History

      Over forty-five local artists with diverse strengths and talents founded Pemberton Arts Council in 2006. The Council developed events like MADE, Music Art Dance Expression and Mountains of Art to raise awareness for local artists. We had a vision to create a scupture project throughout town starting with Martha Sturdy's donation of her metal sculpture in the round about, then Davide Pan live built a creation that's at the community garden during the original Music Festival in 2008. The Art Barn in town was a focus for a centre of the arts where there could be shows, music in the garden and a host of workshops and meetings. Thanks to Liks for the graffiti signage too!

      After five years the Cultural Roundtable, a Village of Pemberton Committee of Council, in 2011. The Roundtable's mandate was to research ways to strengthen cultural development in the Pemberton region. Over the next two years it became evident that we were the logical organization to take the lead on strengthening cultural development.

      Since the handover, we've developed board governance tools and expanded our mandate to support all genres of artistic endeavour and celebrate cultural diversity. In 2016 we acquired a number of grants which allowed us to hire our first Executive Director, who produced our Marketing Strategy & Communications Plan, increased our membership with new member benefits, and created this website.

      PAC is represented on the board of Tourism Pemberton to facilitate the promotion of cultural tourism in our area. PAC is also a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Council Alliance - Bowen Island, Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton arts councils - working together to promote arts and culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

      Board of Directors

      Penny Maclean - Chair "Working together in finding an effective way to work with and promote all audiences in art"

      Patti Rodger Kirkpatrick - Past Treasurer I joined the Pemberton Art's Council because it is necessary to contribute to arts for health in community. I was gifted to have a huge family surrounded by arts with my grandfather a photographer in the 20's, my mother remains an avid painter at 97 years, my father and sisters being whittlers of words, dancers,  and a brother (deceased ) immensely involved in the Yukon Territory arts community.  Each conversation with lovers of fascination and art provided me a 'tch' more sight.  In vision, there is much more to seeing than meets your eye.  

      Annette Wiltse, Hillary Downing, Erin Bruhns, Angela Walsh Noble - Directors

      Karen Love - Exceutive Director


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