Beginning in September 2019, the Misty Rivers Community Arts Council will launch a two-year project to establish a community art centre in the historic BC Café Building. Built in 1931, this building operated as a boarding house and later as a popular diner until an adverse economic climate forced its closure in 2015.
In 2017, I bought the building and began working in partnership with Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and Misty Rivers Community Arts Council to create a multi-functional arts hub. The task is formidable: the building rests on crooked concrete pilings and is largely without insulation. Thanks to a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, we were able to renovate much of the downstairs to create a gallery space and performance venue. Extensive work remains, but in the meantime funding from the BC Rural Dividend Fund will make it possible to open the building to the public and begin offering a range of programs.