Arts Centre Fundraising Campaign Press Release

The Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) announces that firm plans are now in place for the construction of an Arts Centre. While in process for some time, this dream has now become a reality, with construction to begin in 2020.

The main structure will be a 2750 square foot space, purpose built for exhibition and programming. The projected cost is $1.375 million. “The arts are core to the identity, culture and life of Hornby,” stated Louise McMurray, the HIAC board chair. “They are an essential part of what makes living on and visiting Hornby so special. They also represent the island’s largest employment sector. This is a defining moment for the future of Hornby.”

To finance this ambitious project, HIAC has leveraged its $125K building fund into $910K in cash and secure match funding. But, as explained by Andrew Mark, HIAC’s Executive Director, “HIAC must now raise a minimum of an additional $175K to meet funders’ conditions and our aspirations for the building. To close this gap, HIAC is asking for financial support from those who love Hornby and those who operate businesses here.”

A volunteer fundraising committee, chaired by Courtney Pratt, has been established to direct the campaign and participate actively in making the asks. Courtney stated, “HIAC is asking for your support now so that it may unlock matching funding and shepherd the project into the hands of professional builders. HIAC will publicly recognize and thank donors who wish to be recognized.”

The opportunity to bring Hornby’s cultural infrastructure on par with the island’s reputation for arts is before us: the time is now.

Donations can be made out to “The Hornby Island Arts Council” and mailed to:
2115A Sollans Road,
Hornby Island, BC
V0R 1Z0

They can also be made on the HIAC website:

For further information, contact Andrew Mark:


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