Oliver Community Arts Council

The Oliver Community Arts Council (OCAC), serving the municipality of Oliver and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Area C), has been organizing and supporting artistic activity in the region since its incorporation in 1970. The Oliver Community Arts Council represents roughly 35 member groups and businesses, in addition to the approximately 80 individual and family members each year.

Oliver Community Arts CouncilOur Impact Why We Exist

The OCAC mandate is summarized in our slogan: Art Learned ~ Art Loved ~ Art Lived.  Art  Learned: to increase the public’s understanding of and skill in the arts. This we achieve with accessible public seminars and workshops, and by providing educational bursaries to students, and financial aid to arts groups to enable their presenting their own workshops and events. Art Loved: art appreciation through public performances, multimedia arts exhibits, and community celebrations. Art Lived: We model a creative, artistic way of life to add vibrancy to our community.  Accessibility is paramount, with all OCAC events provided free of charge or as “admission by donation”. 

Member Group - Desert Sage Spinners and WeaversOur Story What We Do

The Oliver Community Arts Council is an umbrella group that fosters artistic endeavour in our region. We promote and support the activities of our 20 busy member groups. We publicize artistic activities of our several business members. We administer student bursaries, fund arts programming in the schools, and provide as many as 8 - 10 contracted art-related events per year, in addition to our own arts events. We maintain the Quail's Nest Arts Cwntre, where art is "made not displayed". The facility houses the "Studio" (for the messy work of creating art, in addition to meetings and workshops) and "Big Blue" (a large building for theatrical rehearsals, set building and storage).  Also on the property is a community garden. 

OCAC Music in the ParkOur Programs How We Do It

The OCAC mounts five events per year, in both the performing and visual arts. These have included: the Spring Arts Faire, Showcase of Talent, Music in the Park, the Fall Art Show and Sale, and the Community Christmas Concert.  We also host several "Summer Studio" weekly rentals in the Quail's Nest Arts Centre, popular for fibre workshops, multi-media arts studios, community gardening workshops, and even a jazz recital or two!

What You Can Do

Become a member! We welcome individual, family, non-profit groups and businesses, arts-lovers and arts-supporters alike. Groups and businesses receive many promotional opportunities with their membership, including links and advertising on our website and at events.  

Volunteer! Whether your skills are painting plinths for the Fall Art Show and Sale, pulling weeds at the arts centre, designing posters, writing press releases, or helping to choose our next musical lineup for summer concerts, we welcome your skills and enthusiasm. Our Board of Directors oversees the many administrative and programme committees, so you have support and guidance. Meet some new friends!


Charitable Number: 831587670RR0001

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 30,000