ABOUT THE SOCIETY
The mandate of the Integrate Art Society is to strengthen the presence of the arts on Vancouver Island through public awareness and advocacy for regional artists, curators, arts organizations, and art spaces. The society aims to deliver this by creating accessible and interactive arts programming for the general public, showcasing multidisciplinary art practices, and equipping art practitioners with opportunities for knowledge transfer and skill development.
Our mission, as a volunteer organization run by art enthusiasts, artists, researchers and curators, is to build a sustainable future for local artistic communities, with a vision of bringing cultural, social, and economic advancement to the island.
Integrate’s purpose is to inspire the community, offer artists the chance to share their work, provide a volunteer opportunity for students and art lovers, and to strengthen the presence and awareness of the arts in Victoria, BC.
The Integrate Arts Festival (formerly known as “Off the Grid Arts Festival”) was developed in 2006. The event included an en masse art crawl (a movement in large groups from gallery space to gallery space) and acted as a celebration of small galleries, artist-run centres, and alternative arts. In its years of existence, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2012 the project was re-branded as the Integrate Arts Festival and was incorporated as a society – the Integrate Art Society. Thanks to the support of the community and festival sponsors, our festival has brought over 4,000 attendees into art spaces across the city.
As we are a non-profit society, obtaining funding for the festival each year is challenging. Please consider donating so that we can continue supporting local artists & spaces. Thank you for supporting the arts in YYJ!
The Integrate Art Society is situated on traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories, specifically of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples. We strive to remain mindful of the cultural impacts of ongoing colonialism and dispossession of Indigenous peoples as we continue to engage communities and hold events in this region.