Welcome! About Us...

 About our Nicola Valley Community Arts Council....



Our membership is over 180 members and growing.


Are you a member or do you want to join?  


Or fill in the Contact Us page to let us know you would like to join, or pop in to the Art Gallery and fill in a Membership Application.


Board of Directors:

We have a new Board of Directors for the 2017-18 year!  

Currently there are 9 Directors and there is room for 2 more. 

Are you interested in joining the Board of Directors?  If so, please Contact Us and let us know your interests.

Or email: nicolavalleyartscouncil@gmail.com


Read our Constitution and Bylaws...


Just want to help? 

Great!  You don't have to join the Board of Directors.  Or even become a member (although we hope you do!).

Maybe you will find something you would like to help with! Art events? Music? Dance? Drama?

Or helping the Council get its work done?

Check out our Standing Committees.

Let us know!


And we want to know...

What do you want from our Nicola Valley Community Arts Council?

We are excited about our new membership and Board, and hope to hear from you...


It's another big year for the Arts Council! 36 years and counting!



Good News!

TNRD Supports the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council!

$3000 for Nicola Valley Community Arts Council's Programs like Music Programming and Art in the Park.

Thanks Thompson Nicola Regional District!

Receiving TNRD cheque of support, Arts Council Board, from left, Etelka Gillespie, Tammy Steen, Chelsea Werrun (with cheque), Libby Dybikowski, Jean Kiegerl, and Catherine Oborne... 

Photo by Board Director Herman Nels

Missing: Mil Juricic. Jane Bartle


Legacy for the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council

History of the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council (& more coming!)

And the Arts Gallery...

The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council (NVCAC) in Merritt, BC, registered as a society under the B.C. Society Act on January 5, 1982. We are a registered charity and welcome donations from  individuals, businesses and organizations.

The Arts Council started through an interest in the performing arts, founding the Community Concert Series in 1982. A special community fund-raising effort resulted in the purchase of a beautiful grand piano for use at the concerts and other community music events. It is held in trust and maintained by the NVCAC, and housed at the Civic Centre.

In March 2005, the Arts Council moved its office into the old courthouse building  and expanded into visual arts.  After renovations, the Arts Council opened the Courthouse Art Gallery to show a variety of artwork.

The artwork in the Gallery changes monthly and the gallery is open  from 12 noon to 6pm  Thursdays to Saturdays, staffed by volunteers. A favorite NVAC program is our annual “Art in the Park,” which encourages artists to come out and paint en pleine air or provide interactive demonstrations to spectators. We host Art in the Park in partnership with the City of Merritt’s annual Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Park.  

All of our activities and events result from the wonderful work of our members and volunteers.