Nanaimo Arts Council


Margie Johnson - President/Treasurer

Laurel Karjala - Secretary

Cody Fonda

Lena Rasmussen

Graydon Schilds

Our Mission

The Nanaimo Arts Council seeks to encourage creativity.
We believe that the arts are a critical component of a healthy life and a strong community. We want a positive, productive, creative city, where all of us can thrive.

Our Values

We believe art doesn’t happen until an audience appreciates it. We hope to create art by putting audience in front of what we perform and make. Art becomes part of a conversation, part of our experience and part of what makes this city great.

​Our Goals

  1. Create a gallery and performance space to showcase the efforts of local artists. 

  2. Establish easy to rent studio spaces for local and visiting artists. 

  3. Develop a space to present educational events related to art and culture. 

"Nanaimo Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation."