The Malcolm Island Arts Society

— Supporting the Arts in Our Community —

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Calling ALL Creative People of Malcolm Island!

The Kaleva Art Project

(Submision Deadline August 31st
, 2020)

Due to Covid-19 safety concerns, The Malcolm Island Arts Society has regretfully decided to cancel our 2020 Winterfest this fall. However, we would like to bring attention and honour our many talented local Artisans. We are excited to announce 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.


Art Installation must be:
• Locally made by an island resident.
• Made of material(s) which are suitable to be exposed to outside elements on a semi-permanent basis with no maintenance required (i.e. wood, metal, ceramic, concrete…).
• Able to be mounted or affixed to the ground.
• No taller than 8 ft.
• Your project must be completed by Nov 1, 2020.

Honorarium provided.

If you are interested please submit your art project idea to: by August 30th.

For more information: Heidi Soltau 250-973-6520 or Carmen Burrows 250-973-2005

photo: 'Whale Tales' by Peter Busby, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA

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Sointula Zoom Acting Classes

Famous Dead Character Study

(Registration Deadline is 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, politcian, actor, explorer, monarch ...

'CLICK HERE' for more information.

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Sointula Mural

(Location: First Street past the F. O. Hall.)

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!

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F. O. Hall Banners Project

The colourful banners by local artist Carmen Burrows, depicting local wildlife, are finished and have been hung in the F. O. Hall in Sointula, on First Street. The original banners by local artist Errol Fifi have been retired.

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About Us

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The Malcolm Island Arts Society (TMIAS) is here to support and promote the arts on Malcolm Island on the coast of British Columbia, through funding and year-round programming.

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

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

Professionals in theatre and the 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 technical 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 population and is always keen to share the joy of volunteering with new members. As a not-for-profit entity, TMIAS relies 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 unique history of community solidarity going back well over a hundred years. TMIAS is yet another iteration of the Finnish 'sisu' (to thrive).


General Inquiries:

The Malcolm Island Arts Society
c/o Carmen Burrows
PO Box 54
Sointula, BC V0N 3E0

h | 250-973-2005
c | 250-949-1500
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Current TMIAS Board Members:

Betty Carlson

Beverley Knox

Sheila Roote

Heidi Soltau


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