Audain Art Museum Foundation receives big boost

Whistler Blackcomb Foundation donates $500,000 for endowment fund

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Audain Art Museum, the organization announced on Monday (March 23).

“We are excited to donate to the Audain Art Museum Foundation Endowment Fund,” said Whistler Blackcomb Foundation President Dave Brownlie, in a release. “The Audain Art Museum will not only bring lasting benefits to

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Whistler and the entire Sea to Sky Corridor, but will also enhance the overall visitor experience. We are happy to lend our support and are grateful to the Audain family for making this amazing legacy possible”.
In response to the donation, museum director Suzanne Greening said,  “As a token of our deep appreciation, we are happy to announce that the gallery space in the museum, which will house works by artist Emily Carr, will be named in perpetuity The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Gallery.”

The Audain Art Museum Foundation was established to raise and manage a $25 million fund for the museum’s ongoing expenses after the initial cost of the building was covered by the Audain Foundation. So far the foundation has raised over $5 million.

The 56,000 square foot museum is slated to open this fall.

WAC offers art awards

Applications are now available for this year’s batch of Student Awards and Bursaries presented by the Whistler Arts Council (WAC). Students graduating from elementary and secondary schools are eligible for the awards portion, with $500 going to winning grade 12 students and $100 to grade 7 winners.

Bursaries are available to students who are seeking to study visual, literary, performing or media arts at a higher level. Typical bursaries range from $250 - $500 and are evaluated based on the financial need of the student.  

“There is some great talent among the young people of Whistler,” said Doti Niedermayer, executive director of WAC, in a release. “We are proud to be able to continue to support our emerging talent to pursue their chosen art form through our bursary program and reward hard work and dedication through the student art awards. Both programs are designed to nurture an interest in the arts and give some support to developing skills.”

Eligible schools in the area include: Myrtle Philip Community School, Spring Creek Community School, Whistler Secondary School, Whistler Waldorf School, Signal Hill Elementary School, Pemberton Secondary, École La

Passerelle Whistler, l’École de La Vallée de Pemberton, and Xit’olacw Community School.

Apply for ArtWalk

Submissions to participate in and host this year’s ArtWalk are being accepted until April 1. Organized each summer for the past 10 years, the walk is a showcase for both local artists and businesses. A self-guided walking tour through Whistler, ArtWalk 2015 will kick off with a celebration on June 27 and run until Aug. 31. Last year saw over 35 businesses showing off the works of 48 artists, as well as the introduction of the ArtWalk passport guide.

More information and application forms can be found at

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