Arts and cultural groups can book the Arts Centre for meetings, activities and/or participate in special events that occur during the year. It is encouraged to have a leader from Group Members on the Arts Council Board of Directors.
- Grant information
- Eligible to nominate, be nominated and vote at the ACNO Annual General Meeting
- Receive our bi-monthly newsletter, “Artscene”, filled with news and views of upcoming regional arts and cultural activities
- Ability to list group/event information and photos on the ACNO website
- Invitations to attend or participate in ACNO workshops, lectures, events etc.
- Ability to rent rooms at the Vernon Community Arts Centre for meetings and activities when available
- Contact the Vernon Community Arts Centre Manager to arrange room rentals
- Opportunity to book the Vernon Community Arts Centre Gallery to exhibit and sell artwork made by the group
- Ability to advertise group / event information in the ACNO publications “The Link” and “Artscene”
- Ability to use the VCAC address to receive group mail
- Ability to rent lockers at the Vernon Community Arts Centre when available
To apply for a group membership, click here.
AURA Chamber Choir
AURA Chamber Choir is a registered not-for-profit society dedicated to the performance of fine choral music. Based in Vernon, BC, its approximately forty members come from throughout the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap area. Directed by world renowned choral composer Imant Raminsh and accompanied by Marjorie Close, AURA celebrated the 35th Anniversary of its founding in 2014. AURA takes special pride in performing the choral works of its director as well as the preeminent works of choral literature.
BC Registered Music Teachers Association
BC Registered Music Teachers Association was founded in 1932 as the B.C. Music Teachers Federation, the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association (BCRMTA) is the representative body of the profession of the private music teacher in British Columbia. Together with associations from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba it helped to found the Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (later called the CFMTA) in 1935. In 1947 we received a provincial legislative charter and the bylaws of our Association are set up according to the provisions of Section 10 of "An Act Respecting British Columbia Registered Music Teachers' Association". PURPOSE The objectives of the association are the promotion of the art of music teaching and the maintenance of the honor and interests of the music teaching profession. MEMBERSHIP Over 1000 independent private music teachers from 21 branches across B.C. committed to professionalism and a high level of training, belong to our Association.
The Caetani Cultural Centre
The Caetani Cultural Centre offers an Artist Residency program and ongoing studio space for regional, national and international artists, writers, musicians, and cultural researchers. In conjunction with the visiting artist program, the Centre presents workshops, performances, and guest speakers year round. The Centre partners with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for the Fresh! AIR program, and the ACNO, for the new CeramAIR program. The Centre hosts a summer music festival series, occasional art markets and studio tours, and is currently working in conjunction with the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives to transition part of the facility into a seasonal heritage site by 2016-2017, focusing on the Caetani family, and artist, writer, teacher and mentor, Sveva Caetani. The annual Splash of Red is a not-to-be-missed event, held each August, featuring an elegant, sit-down Italian-style dinner under the stars, as well as an auction and entertainment.
Canadian Federation Of University Women
The BC Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a voluntary, self-funded, non-profit organization with 23 clubs across the province, which is affiliated with the national CFUW and the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). Our mandate is to promote education and life-long learning, to encourage the participation of members in their communities and to enhance the status of women and girls. Our main concerns include high quality public education, universal health care, a clean safe environment and the physical and psychological violence against women. CFUW welcomes all women who support the purposes, mission and values of CFUW.
Downtown Vernon Association
The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is an energetic and focused business organization representing over 550+ members. Since 1967, the DVA has worked to promote Downtown Vernon as a unique and dynamic destination for entertainment, goods and services. Through programs and services including networking, special events, marketing, infrastructure maintenance, and more, the DVA continues to work at strengthening the economic vitality of Downtown Vernon for its members.
The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) North Okanagan Chapter (NOFCA)
The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and professional development of artists, and services for art collectors. It was established in 1941 with Andre Bieler as its first President. Other leaders have included Group Of Seven painter Lawren Harris. Dedicated to its aim of gradually raising artists' standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of achievement, they opened what is believed to be the first completely artist-sponsored gallery-workshop-studio in Canada.
Gallery Vertigo / North Okanagan Artists Alternative
Gallery Vertigo is a registered non-profit society and charitable organization. The centre operates under the auspices of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, a group comprised of local and regional artists and friends of the arts. Since the year 2000, we have been actively engaged in creating public awareness of the arts in all its forms by establishing and maintaining Gallery Vertigo, the only artist-run centre in the North Okanagan. The centre offers a rich and varied array of visual art exhibitions, cultural events and learning opportunities for all ages. Gallery Vertigo also provides studio space to a dozen local artists. Gallery Vertigo is located upstairs at Suite #102, 3105 28th Street. Hours of business are from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For information call Gallery Vertigo @ 250.503.2297 or visit our website listed below.
The Greater Vernon Museum & Archives
The Greater Vernon Museum & Archives portrays the diverse and colorful history of the North Okanagan through a series of permanent and temporary exhibits, streetscapes and dioramas. Highlights include the Allan Brooks Gallery, military displays and aboriginal history. An extensive archives & research facility is on site along with a gift shop. The museum also boasts five seasonal satellite museums within the community. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is by donation.
Kalamalka Weavers And Spinners Guild
The Kalamalka Weavers & Spinners Guild is a very active group with a wide variety of fibre related interests. We have beginner weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting & knitting instruction, together with ongoing projects for the more experience fibre artist. Our mandate is to keep this wonderful art alive and thriving and to promote interest in the community. Our general meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month (excluding July, August & December) 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Centre. Come to a meeting and find out more about this active group of fibre artists. Brochures are available at the Arts Centre with full details of activities and contacts - we look forward to seeing you.
Mackie Lake House
The Mackie Lake House Foundation opens this 1910 Historic House and Grounds for meetings and seminars, weddings and small receptions. The house is an excellent space to celebrate small special events such as a birthday, retirement, anniversary or Christmas party. Rent the Mackie lake House and add some history to your meeting or event!
Mental Illness Family Support Centre
The Mental Illness Family Support Centre (MIFSC) is here to help. Their mission is to provide hope to families affected by mental illness and/or substance use issues and empower them through support, education and advocacy. All services provided by the MIFSC are free.
North Okanagan Carvers Society
The North Okanagan Carvers Society meets every Tuesday from the first Tuesday in October and most Tuesdays till the end of April from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Membership is $35.00 per year. It is a working club, where members share ideas and help one another, with loaner knives, chisels, grinders, wood burners and instruction books for members to borrow until they decide what type of carving they want to do. New members can receive help in learning and perfecting many techniques, such as carving in the round, chip carving, cottonwood carving, relief carving and more. The Society also has a band saw and planer, and members who can cut blanks for the beginner. Members keep each other updated on upcoming shows, sales, and carving competitions in and around B.C. Anyone with an interest in woodcarving is encouraged to drop in and see what the Carvers Society members are doing, and even try carving for a couple of days before joining! President: Elizabeth Doucette, Phone: 250.260.6043, Cell: 250.306.2684, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Okanagan Community Concert Association
The North Okanagan Community Concert Association (NOCCA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1953 to promote ‘Diversity & Excellence in Music’. Our very first concert was held in the old Fulton school building, which was then known as the Vernon High School. We are very pleased to be able to bring top musicians to Vernon for all to enjoy! We present a series of 5 concerts per year. Our concert season usually runs from October through April or May, featuring primarily Canadian artists but with an occasional international flavor. The music is mainly classically chamber or choral, but can range to jazz or world music.
The North Okanagan Orchid Society
The North Okanagan Orchid Society (NOOS) meets at the Vernon Arts Centre at 7:30PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month EXCEPT July, August and December. Meetings consist of a short business meeting, a Show 'n Tell table of members blooming orchids, a speaker or workshop and a refreshment break. The club has about 40 active members that enjoy growing different types of orchids in a home or greenhouse setting. Several members have extensive knowledge in orchid culture and are a very good resource for questions and concerns about orchid growing. The club is a member of the the Canadian Orchid Congress and the American Orchid Society. Yearly membership is $15 single or $25 couple. New members are always welcome and you are invited to attend a meeting as a guest at no charge. For more information email email@example.com
Okanagan Artists Of Canada
Okanagan Artists of Canada (OAC) , formerly Okanagan Artist's League is a group of artists residing in Vernon and surrounding area in beautiful Okanagan valley in central British Columbia, Canada. With its moderate climate and long growing season, the Okanagan Valley boasts numerous vineyards, stunning vistas and landscapes, sparkling lakes and flaming sunsets, providing endless subject matter to inspire and spark the creative juices of any artist. The OAC which began as the Vernon Art Association, established and ran the Topham-Brown Gallery before it became the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The OAC is one of the oldest art associations in British Columbia and many of its alumni have become well known Canadian artists. OAC members produce art in a variety of mediums: acrylics, oils, watercolours, pastels, pencil, and more. The artistic depth and breadth of these artists is well documented within the Okanagan Valley and their art is on display annually in the Vernon area.
Okanagan Valley Wood Turners Guild
The Okanagan Valley Wood Turners Guild has monthly meetings the first and third Monday of the month, dates and times located on the events calendar page of their website. They also welcome you to view and contribute to their Turners Blog.
Powerhouse Theatrical Society
The Powerhouse Theatrical Societyaims to promote interest in and advance knowledge of the dramatic arts, literature and music. They provide facilities for training education and advancement in artistic endeavour by maintaining and operating an active theatre company. They also provide opportunities for members to participate in all aspects of community theatre on a self sustaining basis.
Sons of Scotland - 166 Kildonnan
Sons of Scotland preserve and promote Scottish heritage and culture in Canada. As a fraternal association we provide social activities for our members and encourage involvement in our communities. We also offer life insurance and financial products for the benefit of our members. You don’t need to be Scottish to be a member; we welcome all those who have an interest.
Vernon Photography Club
The Vernon Photography Club Mission: To inspire our members to share and learn about photography in a fun, inclusive and encouraging atmosphere. We meet twice monthly, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Vernon Community Arts Center, Sept-June. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is a $2.00 drop in fee. We are a group of photographers who meet to share knowledge and experience through presentations, photo competitions, workshops and photo shoots. Our abilities encompass novice to master, using film and digital, ranging from simple to complex equipment. It’s really just about enjoying photography, so please feel free to come and check us out.
Vernon Community Music School
The Vernon Community Music School offers a wide variety of private and group instruction by qualified teachers, thus providing the members of the community with an excellent opportunity of obtaining a good musical education in the disciplines of their choice. Various philosophies of instruction give students of all ages an appreciation, enjoyment and knowledge of music. Contact: Phyllis Beardsley Phone: 250.545.4977
Vernon Community Potters
The Vernon Community Potters is new group for people interested in pottery in Vernon, BC, Canada. Our vision at this time is to build a group where people who love clay can get together to share and grow. We plan to have a demo day every 2 months or so, where we can learn and share our knowledge. Interested in joining? Our membership is $25/year (email Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org for info)
Vernon And District Garden Club (Since 1926)
The Vernon and District Garden Club aim of the club is to involve the members in as many various garden related activities, as they wish throughout the year. There are approximately sixty-five members at any one time who get together in eight general meetings, held monthly on the fourth Tuesday, February & June and September & November, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vernon Arts Centre, Polson Park. At each meeting there is a Parlour Show of members Floral Art, flowers and vegetables, short presentations by members on matters of interest and a talk by an invited speaker. Annual activities are a Plant Sale early May, a Flower Show late May, a picnic in July and Christmas Dinner in December. Tours and visits are organized to gardens, public and private, to nurseries and other places of horticultural interest. Courses are organized as needed, particularly in Floral Art, and assistance is given to the Landed Learning Program at the Vernon Science Centre.
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society is the premier entertainment venue in Vernon, formed July 3rd 1990 by Marie Fleming who had a vision for the Greater Vernon Area to have a place devoted to fostering the appreciation of, and participation in, a full range of performing arts. This facility boasts well-appointed backstage areas, an expert support staff and one of the most comfortable auditoriums in the province. Enjoy superior sound coverage and quality with less reliance on rental gear with the Centre's exceptional Meyer Mina digital sound system installed in 2013. Performers, presenters and audiences alike regularly comment that this is one of the best facilities they have ever experienced. We encourage you to come and see for yourself!
Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society
Did you know that there’s folk-roots music close to home? The Vernon Folk-Roots Music Society was formed in the spring of 2014. We are dedicated to bringing the best from across the globe to the North Okanagan including Folk, Blues, Roots, Canadiana, Americana Country and more. We love eclectic music and host 10 concerts a year from September – June with exceptional artists, award winning, Juno taking acts and artists like Ben & Tom Waters (UK), Martyn Joseph (Wales), Russell deCarle Trio (AB), Pharis & Jason Romero (UK), Jacob Moon (ON) and Kal David & Lauri Bono with Angel Forest (PQ). Keep an eye on our website for all upcoming events and news... Phone: 250-306-2316 Email: email@example.com
Vernon Jazz Society
The Vernon Jazz Club is located on the second floor of a wonderful heritage building in Downtown Vernon. We easily seat 150 patrons cabaret-style, and each table has good sight lines. We serve wine, beer, coolers, high-balls, coffee, pop, and water at our bar, and the small dance floor accommodates up to 30 dancers.!
Vernon Lapidary Club
The Vernon Lapidary Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month (excluding the summer months), at the Vernon Community Arts Centre at 7:30pm. Visit the website for information on the group and what they're about, and becoming a member!
Vernon Public Art Gallery
The Vernon Public Art Gallery is an important part of cultural tourism in the region, and is a centre for educational and cultural activities in the Okanagan. VPAG presents exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, video and installation art. VPAG is the largest public gallery in the North Okanagan and offers approximately 20 exhibitions per year for public viewing. The Gallery also offers an Art Rental Program and Gallery Shop. VPAG delivers programming for the community including artist talks, film screenings, workshops and hands-on art activities for all ages.
Vernon Sister Cities
Vernon Sister Cities mandate is to foster a favourable climate for the exchange of information and cultural experiences between the cities of Vernon and its Sister Cities. Vernon's Sister Cities Committee is run by volunteers and endeavours to maintain an open and vibrant relationship with its sister cities. It has hosted visitors from many of its cities, and encourages exchanges between communities whenever possible.
Zirka Ukrainian Dancers
The Zirka Ukrainian Dancers have emerged as a vital element in the preservation of Ukrainian heritage in the Okanagan Valley. Since 1979 the Zirka Ukrainian Dancers have grown to over 45 members. In 1997 Zirka become a registered non-profit society who continues to perform throughout the community, and are wonderful ambassadors of the Okanagan when travelling for performances or to competitions outside of our region.