Deadline nears for Shatford project

Special plaque at the entrance of the Shatford Centre will recognize contributors

The deadline to be recognized as a founding contributor helping to restore the Shatford Centre, home of the Okanagan School of the Arts, is fast approaching.

Jane Shaak, supervisor at the OSA Shatford Centre, said contributions are being accepted until March 31 to be recognized on a special plaque that will be placed in the entrance way of the Shatford building.

“It is a way for us to recognize all these people that care about the arts and creativity,” she said. “There are people that love the arts and have always been part of the arts and we would like them to be part of that if they could and be recognized for bringing this all together.”

A palette of colours has been created to represent the seven contribution levels set by the Shatford Centre/Okanagan School of the Arts. Contributions of $500 or more, whether that be monetary, in-kind services or supplies and volunteer hours, will only be recognized in the colours of the Shatford founding contributor program. Shaak has created a unique opportunity to challenge artists.

“The palette of colours that will represent the different donation levels will be given to artists to express their appreciation for the community support of this historic, innovative project. It will be all different kinds of media and it will become an art show at some point,” said Shaak.

Even with the deadline approaching, Shaak said she hopes people continue to contribute in any way they can.

Recently a work bee was held, with volunteers painting, sanding and doing what is needed to restore the building as they prepare for the Pen High 100-year reunion coming May 18 to 20. Alumni, teachers and staff are invited to participate in the festivities which can be found at

“We hope people continue to contribute to the Shatford and we will continue to enhance as much as we can and fix things up,” said Shaak.

For more information on the Shatford Centre visit