Central Cariboo Arts and Culture

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society offers occasional workshops which are intended to increase capacity for organizations or offer professional development for artists.

The CCACS does not administer technique based arts workshops, as the numerous arts organizations within the Central Cariboo often offer their own workshops. Please check the calendar of events for other workshop offerings in the area, or contact specific groups to join their membership and gain access to their internal workshops.

If you have an interest in facilitating an arts-related workshop within our scope, feel free to get in touch with us, we would love to organise something for you.

Past Workshops:

Advanced Social Media for the Arts with Evie Lavers

Following the success of our Introduction to Social Media workshop, we are pleased to present Social Media 2.0: a one-day workshop in advanced social media practices. This course is tailored to non-profits, arts groups, individual artists, and small businesses that have an established social media presence, but perhaps could use a boost to continue to expand. Learn to make your social media routine more effective and efficient, to broaden your reach and engage deeper with your existing audience.

Instructor Evie Lavers is a Workshop Trainer for the BC Touring Council, Marketing Coordinator for Island Mountain Arts (ArtsWells Festival, Northern Exposure Conference), Event Coordinator of the 2017 Kootenay Music Awards, and Assistant Director at Tiny Lights Festival. After completing her Advanced Diploma in Music Business from CMIT, Western Australia, she cut her teeth working as a marketing coordinator for Australian music festivals like Listen Out, Breakfest, and Parklife.

During this one-day workshop, we will walk through the development and execution of a social media campaign. The structure of the campaign we will build could be used for a small-scale product launch, or a larger scale operation like a festival or book release. We will develop a detailed timeline, set measurable objectives, and establish a routine to see the campaign through to completion.

In this workshop, we will focus on tools like Facebook, Instagram, Mailchimp, and a handful of other online apps designed to streamline these platforms. We will spend some time on hashtags, and the elusive Facebook algorithms that dictate which posts rise to the top, and which are buried. Very often, subtle changes in wording and photography-styles can drastically impact the success of a post. We will discuss “paid” versus “organic” reach, and spend some time getting to know the “back end” of Facebook’s ads manager.

Saturday May 5 2018
at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre

Grant writing with Graham Kelsey

January 12, 2017, 6-8pm at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre
Instructor: Graham Kelsey
This is a free workshop – Register with the CCACS by January 8th at 778-412-9044 or info@centralcaribooarts.com
The workshop will introduce commonly made pitfalls in grant applications (e.g. budgeting, project description, etc). It will be focused on the CCACS Project Grant application.


Creativity Playground: a workshop for discovering your creative self

Do you wonder what it feels like to create something from your imagination? Do you remember what it feels like to play and make stuff just because? Imagine playing, exploring, experimenting, and discovering. Imagine letting yourself be curious, and then following your curiosity to see where it leads. This is the Creativity Playground workshop: four days of discovering your creative self. No experience required.

What will this feel like? Think playground, petting zoo, laboratory, and test kitchen all rolled into one. Let your inner child lead the way! Joyful messes, mistakes, and masterpieces are expected and celebrated. Come and play!

A fantastic gift for the artist (or aspiring artist) in your life.

Modules from:
Cat Prevette: Visual Arts; Cariboo Art Society
Lesley Lloyd: Pottery; Cariboo Potters’ Guild
Brandon Hoffman: Music; Gnomegrown Music
Linda Purjue: Fibre Art; Williams Lake Spinners and Weavers
Melissa Newberry: Dance
Sharon Taylor: Writing
Williams Lake Studio Theatre: Theatre / improv

Chief instructor / Mess & masterpiece maker
Cat Fink: Artist, writer, creativity coach and blogger
Cat has been a professional mess and masteriece maker for twenty years. She loves to spark and share creativity.

February 18, 19, 25 & 26 2017
at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre
90 Fourth Ave N, Williams Lake BC

Early bird price: $140
After January 1: $160
Includes supplies coffee, tea, and snacks
Age 17+


Social Media for your Arts Organization 101

Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake team up to bring you an entry-level workshop about starting a social media presence for your arts organization.

Venta and Brandon will introduce a handful of tools available to help you develop and engage an audience online and in the community. We will walk through the process of setting up a Facebook page, Facebook event, and sponsoring posts.

Tuesday, October 25 2016 from 7-8:30pm at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre; 90 Fourth Avenue North.

Free for artists and arts groups in the Central Cariboo.


Expand your expressive freedom

CCACS presents a workshop for actors, musicians and all artists looking to remove physical or mental blocks to increase their creativity, connection and presence in their art.
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10am-1:15pm at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre
$45 per person. To register, call 778.412.9044 or email artscentre@centralcaribooarts.com. Space is limited.

With a few key ideas, you can remove the strain and enjoy a continual improvement in how you express yourself. Join Instructor Emma Jarrett in an interactive masterclass, and learn to more easily experience:
– freedom of expression
– presence, creativity, and precision
– connection with your craft and audience

Emma is passionate about helping artists free themselves from self-imposed limitations to authentically reach their audience. Discover the rewards that freedom of expression can bring to your creative and everyday life. www.emmajarrett.ca