Arts & Culture are creative interactions between the community's values, atmosphere, education, and the cultural assets of its places and people who live here. It enriches day-to-day life, providing enjoyment and appreciation of creative endeavors through storytelling and history. Through the contribution of artists, artisans, and creators, the RDNO has recognized Arts & Culture as an important part of the community.
The RDNO supports cultural organizations and the services provided by these organizations through operating grants, as well as grants-in-aid. We offer a projects grant program, providing funding to non-profit organizations for a variety of types of projects including festivals, events, and capital improvements.
Greater Vernon Cultural Services
Cultural facilities owned by the RDNO within the Greater Vernon area include the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, and the Vernon Community Arts Centre.
Greater Vernon Cultural Centre
With borrowing of up to $25 million dollars approved through referendum in October, 2018, the Regional District is also working on securing the additionally required funding to construct a new, multi-purpose cultural centre that will become a new home for the public art gallery, museum & archives. Find out more about the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre here!
White Valley Cultural Services
Cultural facilities within the White Valley area include the Lumby & District Museum and the Village Gallery, operated by the Monashee Arts Council. In addition to providing cultural development leadership for the White Valley area through the White Valley Arts and Culture Master Plan, the RDNO provides annual grants for cultural events, activities, and programming.