Behind the Scenes: Q&A WITH LOUISE FERGUSON, BOARD MEMBER
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.
Louise Ferguson, Board Member
New WKRAC board member Louise Ferguson lives in Fernie and is the Executive Director of the Fernie & District Arts Council, more commonly known as The Arts Station.
WKRAC: How did you come to call the Kootenays home?
LF: From England, I originally came to Canada for a year in 2011 to travel and work. I met my Canadian husband and then never left! We moved to the Kootenays for his job, having never visited Fernie before, and quickly called it home.
Are you involved in arts, culture and heritage outside of your work with WKRAC/CKCA? If so, what is your discipline or practice?
Outside my day job, I offer seamstress services in Fernie and teach sewing and fibre classes. I love to take any fibre workshops whenever I get a chance, and to be involved in anything theatre-related—although you won’t catch me on the stage, just behind it!
Why did you wish to join this board/committee?
I wished to join the WKRAC board to give back more to arts and culture and make an impact regionally. I also wanted to share the experiences and knowledge I have gained while connecting and learning from others.
What do you think people in the region should be proud of in terms of arts, culture and heritage?
I think they should be proud of the positive impact that arts and culture has on communities, especially with the limited resources and rural nature of our region. I am amazed at what is created—by artists and organizations—with so little.
What advice do you have for people in the region pursuing a career in arts, culture and heritage?
Remember that you are not alone and take opportunities to connect with other creatives and use the resources available. Also be professional!
What vision do you see for the future of arts, culture and heritage in the Kootenays?
I see continued growth and development for arts, culture and heritage by working together across the Kootenays. This will create further positive impact, vibrant communities and greater access to the arts for everyone.