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Our Mission

To foster a vibrant arts scene by elevating Pemberton artists and increasing community participation in the arts in the Pemberton Valley.

Core Values

    • Inspiring
    • Innovative
    • Authentic


    Pemberton and regional communities value Art as a key element of their heritage and culture.


    To build, promote and integrate the arts and culture into the fabric of the community of Pemberton and surrounding areas, by:

    • Educating and increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts and culture by providing performances and exhibitions of an artistic and cultural nature in public places.
    • Providing instructional seminars and workshops to the public and to artists on topics related to arts and culture.
    • Working collaboratively with other organizations in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support, enhance and coordinate artistic and cultural experiences such as, but not limited to, workshops, events, presentations, exhibitions and festivals.
    • Working collaboratively with other organizations, businesses, government, First Nations communities and local residents in Pemberton and the surrounding areas to support and enhance artistic and cultural tourism.
    • To do all such other things as ancillary or incidental to the attainment of the above.

    Focus Areas

    • Finding a home for PAC
    • Building organizational capacity
    • Collaborating
    • Increasing awareness and participation
    • Programming 
    • Performances, exhibitions & festivals
    • Educating (includes seminars and workshops)
    • Celebrating artistic endeavours and culture

    A Creative Home for Us All

    Our differences make us who we are, and we celebrate that! Including people from all walks of life in our organization allows us to best represent the diverse community that we live in. We ensure accessibility, equality, and diversity are prioritized in our arts & culture programming.


    Over forty-five local artists with diverse strengths and talents founded Pemberton Arts Council in 2006. The Council developed events like MADE (Music Art Dance Expression) and Mountains of Art to raise awareness for local artists.

    We had a vision to create a sculpture project throughout town, starting with Martha Sturdy's donation of her metal sculpture in the roundabout. Then Davide Pan built a creation live during the original Music Festival in 2008, which now lives at the Community Garden. The Art Barn in town was a focus for a centre of the arts where there could be shows, music in the garden and a host of workshops and meetings (thanks to Liks for the graffiti signage!).

    Cultural Roundtable, a Village of Pemberton Committee of Council, formed in 2011. The Roundtable's mandate was to research ways to strengthen cultural development in the Pemberton region. Over the next two years it became evident that the logical organization to take the lead on strengthening cultural development was the Pemberton Arts Council.

    Since the handover, we've developed board governance tools and expanded our mandate to support all genres of artistic endeavour and celebrate cultural diversity. In 2016 we acquired a number of grants which allowed us to hire our first Executive Director, who produced our Marketing Strategy & Communications Plan, increased our membership with new member benefits, and created a website.

    In 2020, the Council gained a number of new board members who were excited and energized to bring new life to the organization. They successfully navigated the turbulent time of COVID and were able to bring the joy of art to the community via the 1st Annual Pemberton ArtHOP - showcasing local artists' work in business window-fronts around town. 

    In its 15th year, PAC looks forward to engaging with the Pemberton Valley to foster a vibrant arts scene by elevating our local artists and providing ways for the community to engage with the arts.

    PAC is a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Council Alliance - comprised of Bowen Island, Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton arts councils - working together to promote arts and culture in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

    Pemberton Arts Council

    PO Box 1169
    Pemberton BC Canada
    V0N 2L0

    The Pemberton Arts Council operates within the unceded territory of Líl̓wat Nation and honours the language, culture and history of the Lil̓wat7úl.

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