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Public invited to open house to discuss future of Shatford Centre

The Okanagan School of the Arts is looking for input as to the future of the organization’s home

The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) will be hosting a night of ‘creative disruption’ at the Shatford Centre on Nov. 26.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to discuss challenging the status quo and shaping the future of the OSA. This will include the future of the Shatford Centre as the organization’s home.

“For the past 8 years, OSA has operated the Shatford Centre as a community centre to support the arts, creativity and innovation sector,” said Pat Field, president of the OSA board of directors. “Rather than wait for change to be forced on us, we are choosing to be creative and work with the community to create a more strategiv approach to helping the sector realize its potential for building vibrant and resilient communities.”

The public will be able to learn about the changes happening at the centre as well as what is already happening within the arts sector in Penticton. Attendees will be asked to share their input and ideas with members of the OSA board of directors as to the future of the centre.

“We are celebrating our past and building on previous success to create a stronger path forward,” said Field. “We need to make changed and want our decisions to reflect the community’s interests and priorities.”

Following the open house, the OSA will hold its annual general meeting from 9 to 9:30 p.m. The open house is sponsored by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.

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