The Malcolm Island Arts Society

— Supporting the Arts in Our Community —
outdoor scultpure of large steel bird feather on Malcolm Island, BC.
The Kaleva Art Project
Completion of the 2020 Kaleva Art Project on Malcolm Island

Please visit these seven artworks created by Sointula artists, located along Kaleva Road on Malcolm Island.

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Calling All Creative People on Malcolm Island!
The Kaleva Art Project

Due to Covid-19 safety concerns, The Malcolm Island Arts Society has regretfully decided to cancel our 2020 Sointula Winterfestival this November. However, we would like to bring attention to and honour our many talented local artisans. We are excited to anounce our decision to use our Winterfest funds to commission several local artists to create outdoor public 'works of art' to be installed along the Kaleva Walking Path. These pieces could be a sculpture, an installation, or anything your imagination will allow.

Sointula ZOOM Acting Classes
Famous Dead Character Study

Registration Deadline September 15th, 2020

Based on a first-year university acting project, a famous dead character study is a process of exploration, creation and performance. Your famous dead person could be a writer, criminal, scientist, politician, actor, explorer, monarch, ...

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Sointula Mural
Located on First Street past the F. O. Hall, in Sointula, BC

The First Street retaining wall mural is now complete. Big 'Thank You!' to Sointula artist Rebekah Pesicka for her talented contribution to our island home. Shout out to the Regional District of Mount Waddington for community project funding.

Finnish Organization Hall (F. O. Hall) Banners Project
F. O. Hall, First Street, in Sointula, BC

The colourful new banners by local artist Carmen Burrows, depicting local wildlife, are finished and have been hung in the F. O. Hall. The original banners by local artist Errol Fifi have been retired, but not forgotten.


Carol Rae, Linda Burrows, Denise Aleksich, Carmen Burrows

About Us

The Malcolm Island Arts Society (TMIAS) is here to support and promote community arts, through funding and year-round programming. Malcolm Island lies between the coasts of mainland British Columbia and north-eastern Vancouver Island.

Its vision is to foster a healthy community through creativity in the arts. It emerged in 2014 from volunteers who regularly came together to produce Malcolm Island's long-standing community arts weekend: the Soiuntula Winterfestival.

Winterfestival has grown over its forty+ years as a favoured arts and crafts market and in varying years has included comedy, music, writing, clowninig, and a mad array of creative workshops. With the growth of the festival, there has been outreach to others working in the creative fields behyond Malcolm Island.

Professionals in theatre and visual arts, music and literature, now come regularly to the island year-round, affording a critical cross-pollination that keeps our creative inspirations imaginative and our techincal skills sharp. Its on-going programming is geared toward all ages and arts disciplines and strives to be inclusive.

The TMIAS Board draws from the island pipulation and is always keen to share the joy of volunteering with new members. As a not-for-profit entity, TMIAS relis on regional, provincial and federal funding to assist with its mandate. It also gratefully acknowledges the generosity of local sponsors and support from business and community members who always seem to find another loonie to put toward a bid.

The little village of Sointula on Malcolm Island has a uniqute history of community solidarity going back well over a hundred years. TMIAS is yet another iteration of that Finnish 'sisu' (to thrive).

General Inquiries

The Malcolm Island Arts Society
c/o Carmen Burrows
PO Box 54
Sointula, BC V0N 3E0
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c |  250-949-1500
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Current TMIAS Board Members

Betty Carlson
Carmen Burrows
Heidi Soltau