The West Kootenay Regional Arts Council (WKRAC) exists to help arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays thrive. To do so, we rely on a dedicated team of board members, plus steering committee members who oversee the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) arts and culture grants.
Who are these people? In this series, we’re introducing you to the folks behind the scenes.
Carol Palladino, Board Secretary
Retired from her position with Community Futures and living in Revelstoke, Carol Palladino is the Secretary and Past President of the WKRAC board.
WKRAC: How did you come to call the Kootenays home?
MP: I moved to Revelstoke in 1979 for work opportunities.
Are you involved in arts, culture and heritage outside of your work with WKRAC/CKCA? If so, what is your discipline or practice?
Yes, but not as a practising artist. My role has been in the volunteer sector, serving on boards that serve the arts. I have been a Director for Arts Revelstoke and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society, and currently sit as Past President of Arts BC.
Why did you wish to join this board/committee?
I’ve been involved with WKRAC since the late 90s and was part of the original CKCA committee, and it’s been very satisfying to see the development of the sector. I just really want to live in a community that has arts that I can experience.
What do you think people in the region should be proud of in terms of arts, culture and heritage?
The creativity in the Columbia Basin and the Kootenays is truly amazing. We have individuals practising all types of arts, many at a very high level with national and international recognition.
What advice do you have for people in the region pursuing a career in arts, culture and heritage?
Connect! There are many in-person and online opportunities to connect with peers and with programs that will support your work. Follow WKRAC and Arts BC social media to ensure that you are up to date with granting programs and professional development conversations and workshops.
What vision do you see for the future of arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays?
It’s a growth sector. I believe that creative individuals are finding that they are welcome in Kootenay communities, and they bring the skills and vision to make our communities vibrant and responsive to all types of future challenges.
Anything else you’d like to add?
My wish and hope is that more of our local governing bodies and administrations really begin to understand the true value of the arts and what they contribute to healthy and resilient communities, and make a commitment to support the work.