Art gallery receives $10K gift
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 20, 2021 - Get Involved

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VPAG board president Andrew Powell and VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy with the cheque.

People need their arts and culture during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are able to get their fix digitally for the most part.

That’s why Community Foundation of the North Okanagan has donated $10,000 to the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

CFNO has been helping businesses that have been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the art gallery is one such organization that needs a financial lift.

“When asked how people are coping and managing their mental health, many chose music, art and cultural pursuits in digital format since in-person events have been banned due to pandemic restrictions,” CFNO executive director Leanne Hammond said in a press release.

“Sadly, the sector that is so much in demand, arts and culture, is so tremendously impacted by the lack of revenues because of pandemic restrictions.”

VPAG has been offering as much virtual programming as it can since the pandemic closed its doors in March 2020, but fundraising events have been nixed due to the restrictions.

“Thanks to the support from the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, the VPAG has the ability and opportunity to continue pivoting its programming and events to the new ‘normal’ as we move forward through this pandemic,” VPAG executive director Dauna Kennedy said. “People more than ever need outlets to escape the stress brought on by COVID-19, and the VPAG is committed to providing opportunities for our community to escape and explore the visual arts.”

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