Community Contributions

Over the years, the MACCA has contributed funding and other resources for various Metchosin events not directly related to the art centre:

  • Farewell sendoff for Mary and Norm Gidney (2016)
  • Photo display and contest for Metchosin Day (2016, 2017), including mounting the display of entries, arranging judging, and providing prizes
  • Initiating and volunteering for the replacement bicycle shelter and Metchosin map in the village core
  • Initiating and volunteering for the replacement of the bus shelter in front of the art centre
  • Funding the salmon for the Beecher Bay and District of Metchosin Reconciliation Celebration (June 21, 2017)

Grants-in-aid Program

The purpose of the grant program is to promote and support the practice of art in Metchosin. The Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association (MACCA) seeks to promote Metchosin as a destination community for the arts. MACCA uses resources generated from studio rentals and fundraisers to support a range of art activities in Metchosin. The grant program offers individuals and groups the opportunity for assistance in the practice of art in Metchosin.

Grant recipients to date:
February 20, 2018:
  • Mechosin International Summer School for the Arts (MISSA) was awarded $1000 for the provision of a bursary or bursaries to residents of Metchosin to enable them to take classes at the 2018 summer school. Lynne Hill was the appreciative recipient. See the MISSA website.
June 15, 2017:
  • Brian Domney was awarded $1,000 to assist in the cost of design, layout and printing of the program and design and launch of the website for the 2017 Metchosin Sheepdog Trial. In addition to information about the Trial, the program and website highlighted Metchosin as a unique community with a vibrant artistic community. Trial organizers planned to strengthen and expand the cultural side of the Trial. “In the lead-up to the Trial weekend, talks will be held on the history of sheep in Metchosin; on the role the Parry Bay Sheep Farm plays in the community and how it contributes to the image our community presents to visitors; on the nature of sheepdog trials and how a team is scored. It is hoped a professional program can be published, with information about the Trial and its competitors, about the role sheep and farms played in the early years of our community and a profiles of Metchosin and its uniqueness.” See the Metchosin Sheepdog Trial Facebook page.
November 30, 2016:
  • Larry Moss was awarded $1,000 to assist in the cost of creating and developing a community website to cover all aspects of Metchosin. The site is completely free and all-inclusive; there are no charges for listings or paid advertising. The site is intended to give local residents a place to show off our beautiful and diverse community; promote their creativity, ideas and businesses; and to learn more about each other. It is a one-stop web presence to show Metchosin to the world with our stunning nature, rich history and creative community. Community involvement for content is welcomed. See
June 2, 2016:
  • Rough Voice Singers – Metchosin’s drop in singalong – were granted $750 for the purchase of a computer to use to store and project song lyrics for their twice-monthly sessions. They provided details of the requirements for the computer and the cost. See the Rough Voice Singers Facebook page.
  • Natasha Lefevre was awarded $1,000 as funding towards the cost of producing an album of songs by the “Owl and Vulture” music project: songs by her and her husband written in Metchosin. They will be performing at the Farmers Market and selling the album at local venues. They have previously produced a CD and music videos and provided a list of the expenses that the grant would help cover.
  • Sarah Leckie, a local ceramic artist, was granted $1,000 towards the cost of a Kiln Raising residency at the Banff Centre. This grant complements support she also received from the Banff Centre for the course. Sarah intends to build a wood-fired kiln in Metchosin.