Young and inspiring artists’ gala in Kimberley

Inspiring Kimberley youth to pursue careers in the arts

While youth may enjoy the arts, they also may feel that following that particular passion may not take them anywhere. What better way to inspire them than to show them people from their own backyard who have made a career in the arts?

the Kimberley Youth Action Network has created an event that may inspire you to get involved.

The event is the Young and Inspiring Arts Gala, which will be held tomorrow, May 13 at the Kimberley Conference, 7 p.m.

The gala will feature four Kimberley youth now making their living in the arts field.

Attending are:

Kalum Ko, who is an award-winning cinematographer and film maker. Kalum has received praise for his short films, which depict our province in Destination BC. He has also filmed and produce videos for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Kicking Horse Coffee, Panorama Mountain Resort and Travel Alberta. Kalum was a finalist for the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, a finalist and world tour member for the Banff Mountain Film Festival and a Vimeo staff pick recipient.

Amy Cornelsan graduated from Selkirk and is now a concept artist in the video gaming industry. She started her career doing portraiture, then expanded to concept art and character design. Amy attended the Alberta College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelors degree inDesign in 2016. She now works as a character design arts for Beamdog in Edmonton.

Clara Macleod graduated from Selkirk in 2015 She is currently heading into her third year at the St. Clair College Musical Theatre Performance program in Windsor, Ontario. Clair was involved in many local school productions as a performer, director and choreographer. She is thrilled to be asked to participate in the gala.

Dawson Rutledge

Dawson graduated from Mount Baker in Cranbrook and received the top Male Musician Scholarship and a District/Authority Scholarship from the Ministry of Education. He now focuses on developing his musical career in the singing and songwriting industry. Dawson has performed all over the Kootenays, New Jersey, Arizona and has just returned from New York City where he was recording new music.

The evening we ask feature singing, spoken word and visual arts from current Selkirk students. The evening is open to all community members who’d like to support and celebrate young and upcoming artists. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and under 12 are free.