1961 – The Vernon Community Arts Centre was formed under the name of the Vernon Community Arts Council.
1970 – The VCAC became a registered non-profit society
1976 – The VCAC moved into the Health Unit Building
1981- The VCAC moved into to the Boys and Girls
2000 – The VCAC moved into it’s current location in Polson Park, where it signed a 20-year operating agreement with Regional District of North Okanagan and City of Vernon. This lease has since been renewed.
2006 – Artsolutely Christmas gift shop fundraiser first held in Village Green Mall
2007 – Vernon Community Arts Council changed the society’s name to the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, and now refers to the building as the Vernon Community Arts Centre. The Arts Council focuses on community development for all arts and culture initiatives while continuing to operate the Centre.
2009 -Artist in Residence pilot project began
2021 – VCAC hosted it’s 17th annual Artsolutely fundraiser here in Polson Park, smashing record breaking sales of local art.
2022- The Arts Centre celebrates 22 years in Polson Park and the Arts Council turns 52 years old. Another long-term lease with the RDNO has been renewed.
2022 – The Arts Centre has rebranded, with new signage and a new paint job on the exterior of the building. Many more exciting changes are happening inside.
The Arts Council of the North Okanagan is the Society behind the Centre – a not-for-profit organization and registered charity. The Society is dedicated to enriching arts and culture in Greater Vernon and surrounding areas. As an umbrella organization, ACNO serves more than 30 diverse member groups, over 3000 individual and family members, and delivers arts education through the Vernon Community Arts Centre. The Society has two operational units, each with a different and distinct focus.
The Arts Centre (VCAC) – A facility offering arts education opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, and a showcase for local arts and artists
The Arts Council (ACNO) – Providing leadership for community development initiatives that promote public access to a range of artistic and cultural activities in our area. To learn more about the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, visit our website www.acno.ca.