Nicola Valley Community Arts Council Operations

The Nicola Valley Arts Centre is operated by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council (NVCAC). NVCAC was formed in 1982, as a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders the City of Merritt, Thompson Nicola Regional District, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia. 


The NVCAC works to provide a home for local artists to showcase their work, and engages the community through arts and culture.  

The Nicola Valley Arts Centre is located at 2051 Voght Street in the heritage Jackson building. Visit us Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 12 - 4pm. 


Individual Memberships: Voting member of the Arts Council, invited to special NVCAC events. Promotion through Artisan Gift Shop, gallery exhibitions, social media and other events is also open to you. $20 per annum.


Groups & Business Memberships: Community groups and private enterprise memberships demonstrate their commitment to the arts and we look to collaborate for joint events, and we help advertise what you need to promote to an audience of creatives. You can also provide content for our NVCAC newsletters and social channels. $35 per annum.


Lifetime Membership: For your one-time membership fee, you'll be a champion of local arts and culture. We will always bend over backwards to show our appreciation! Got something special that needs promoting? Let us know. Your tax deductible donation of $300 secures so much for artists and citizens of the Nicola Valley. 

2024 NVCAC Board of Directors and Staff

We meet monthly, we connect daily and we're here for the community. If you'd like to contact us, we welcome your communication. 


President - Mischelle Pierce

Vice-President - Lynn  Cox

Treasurer - Barbara Sales

Secretary - Marilyn Kelly

Directors - Sharon Pawliuk, Sarah Molnar, Angela Ho, Kerstin Auer, Joanne Massey, Silke Fligge


Gallery Curator - Jano Howarth

Gift Shop Manager - Amanda Pryzner-Dunn


2024 Standing Committees

Executive Committee 

Mischelle Pierce; Barbara Sayles; Lynn Cox; Marilyn Kelly

  • Approve financial decisions up to $500, as required.
  • Organize NVCAC Regular and Special Board of Directors meetings and NVCAC Annual General/Special Meetings and prepare their respective agendas and documents.
  • Strike an ad hoc Nominating Committee annually to recommend Board of Director appointments to the NVCAC AGM.
  • Carry out Board and AGM General/Special meeting decisions, as required.
  • Plan and implement Director orientation and training, as required.
  • Oversight of NVCAC By-laws, Policies and Procedures, and permanent records.
  • Develop, prepare, and vet contracts, stipends, permits, and any other NVCAC legal/formal documents for Board and/or AGM approval. 

Finance Committee 

Barbara Sayles; Mischelle Pierce; Lynn Cox; Marilyn Kelly


● Chaired by the Vice-President and composed of all Executive members; 

● Prepare annual NVCAC budgets for Board and AGM approval;

● Ensure accurate accounting of income and expenditures in keeping with approved NVCAC budgets;

● Prepare Grant Applications on behalf of the Board and ensure correct Grant disbursements/expenditures;

● Fundraising efforts.


Program Committee Chair

Joanne Massey

  • Maintain and enhance existing NVCAC courses and programming
  • Develop and help implement new NVCAC in-person and online course and program offerings
  • Three major areas of programming: Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts, Written Word and Spoken Word Offerings
  • Ensure maintenance of the NVCAC concert grand piano
  • Develop, organize, and present Special NVCAC offerings and events

ART GALLERY - Mission and operation is detailed under NVCAC Policy 23:


“Its mission is to exhibit, encourage, educate and inspire art in all media; and to create an environment for artistic expression and cultural diversity. 


1. Mandate

1.1 To provide exhibition opportunities and exposure for local artists and artisans;

1.2 To provide the community with the opportunity to experience diverse artistic approaches by visual artists;

1.3 To provide a venue for exhibits of community relevance; cultural diversity and/or education value. “


ARTISAN GIFT SHOP - Functions mainly to fulfill the following articles from the NVCAC Mission Statement: 


2.1 To increase and broaden the opportunities for residents of the Nicola Valley to participate in cultural activities. 

2.2    To develop and expand arts resources activities in this community. 

2.3   To make cultural activities available to all segments of this community. 

2.4   To assist in coordinating the work of artists and cultural associations in the area.”


Its areas of responsibility include:

● Recruit and maintain a roster of active local artisans to participate in the NVCAC Artisan Shop; 

● Maintain and produce monthly records of sales and NVCAC memberships through the Shop; 

● Provide Sales and inventory training for participating artisans; 

● Recommend for Board approval Artisan Shop policies as regards sales commissions, shop rental rates, and monthly shifts.


Media & Communications Chair

Kerstin Auer

  • To assist the NVCAC to connect with members, donors and non-members
  • To recognize the demand for open two-way communication (for example, the need to actively listen to the members, donors, the public and the Board, gathering feedback by maintaining social media outlets and other technology)
  • To build trust with members, donors and non-members
  • To assist other committees to communicate effectively
  • To facilitate internal and external communications of the NVCAC


Technology Committee Chair



● Administrate Google Workspace environment (admin console access)

● Arrange Zoom/remote meetings of the NVCAC AGM. Board, and/or Committee meetings as required

● Oversee the maintenance of and make recommendations about NVCAC hardware and software programmes

● Provide technical support for the implementation and offering of NVCAC online offerings.


Volunteers & Membership Committee 

Sarah Molnar and Silke Fligge (


● Maintain up-to-date membership lists (Program Coordinator);

● Recruit new NVCAC members and renew extant memberships;

● Oversee group memberships; 

● Recruit new volunteers and develop programmes for their retention; 

● Maintain records of volunteer hours for submission to the Board. 


Facilities Committee 

Angela Ho


● Develop and maintain effective facility security protocols, as well as a key log;

● Ensure the general maintenance of NVCAC facilities, and provide supervision and guidance to cleaning staff;

● Recommend repairs and improvements to the Board;

● Responsible for facility bookings and maintaining up-to-date schedules. 


NVCAC Constitution

Updated March 7, 2017


1.0 The name of the Society is NICOLA VALLEY COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL.

2.0 The purposes of the Society are:

2.1 To increase and broaden the opportunities for residents of the Nicola Valley to participate in cultural activities.

2.2 To develop and expand arts resources activities in this community.

2.3 To make cultural activities available to all segments of this community.

2.4 To assist in coordinating the work of artists and cultural associations in the area.

2.5 To provide information to this community on cultural programs and activities.

2.6 To bring to the attention of civic and provincial government authorities the cultural needs of this community.

2.7 To enlist public interest, promote public understanding, and to foster pride in the cultural activities, arts, and heritage of this community.

2.8 To render service to all participating groups.

2.9 To interpret the work of cultural groups to the community.



NVCAC Bylaws
NVCAC 2017 09 28 Bylaws.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 133.8 KB
NVCAC Policies
NVCAC Policy Manual 2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 547.4 KB
NVCAC Strategic Plan
NVCAC Strategic Plan June 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 98.7 KB

Nicola Valley Arts Centre

Discover your community at the Arts Centre!

P: 250-378-6515


M: PO Box 92 | Merritt, BC | V1K 1B8

2051 Voght Street (beside Kekuli Cafe)


Hours: Wed-Sat 10 am - 5 pm | Sun 12 pm - 4 pm


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