Nancy Arcand, Executive Director of the Mission Arts Council, presented this evening’s Mission Moments. The Mission Arts Council has been in existence for 45 years and was founded by artists Peggy Staber and Perry Cevin in 1972. Initial meetings were held in the old Mission Library, where the Council taught art classes. Outgrowing its space in the old Mission Library, the Council eventually moved into the Norma Kinney House before settling into a small office at the old Mission Leisure Centre, where the Christmas Craft Market was born.
The Council recognized the need for local artists to have a space to showcase their work and in July 2000, the Mission Arts Council moved into its present location on First Avenue, leased from Brian Rock and the Rock Family. The new location houses both a gallery space and programming space and allows the Council to hold 17 exhibitions throughout the year.
Mission Arts Council continues to develop, grow, change, improve, create, and build on the vision of founder Peggy Staber: “a vibrant community invested in the arts.”