From music to theatre, film, food and photography, there is more to Whistler than an outdoor playground. No matter which season it is, there is an event celebrating the arts - choose from music festivals, art exhibitions, film and photography competitions and performances from visiting international artists.
Whistler's Cultural Commitment
Whistler's community is committed to improving the arts and culture scene. The following institutions work tirelessly to promote the arts and provide opportunities for locals and visitors to experience Whistler's unique culture:
Whistler Arts Council
For more than 25 years, the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) has served as the resort's arts & culture "umbrella organization". WAC's mandate is to coordinate, stimulate and promote the growth of performing, literary and visual arts in the Whistler area through ongoing music, dance, theatre, festivals and other events for locals and visitors.
Whistler Film Festival Society
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with the must attend, 5-day Whistler Film Festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler over the first weekend of December. The WFFS produces one of Canada's leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers.
Art Gallery Association
The Whistler Gallery Association was formed in 2012 by the eleven commercial art galleries with locations in the Whistler area. Most of the galleries are in Whistler Village, with two located in the Function Junction district, 8 minutes south of Whistler Village and one in Whistler Creekside, 5 minutes south of the Village. The Association represents the interests of Whistler’s commercial fine art dealers, and provides a venue for co-operative marketing campaigns such as the Whistler Gallery Walk.
Whistler’s Public Art Program Committee
The Whistler Public Art Program Committee meets monthly to discuss art projects and sets the program for obtaining and implementing public art. The Committee consists of ten volunteers who are appointed by Council and includes: artists, gallery owners, Whistler Arts Council members, business community members, urban designers and developers, a member of Council; and Whistler residents who are passionate about art. Members have knowledge of contemporary art, are committed to excellence, and represent the community. They are also responsible for managing all public art projects to ensure that they are safe and durable.
Whistler's Public Art Program
As well as a number of art galleries that house collections of world-class fine art, Whistler has a thriving public art program supported by the municipality and the private sector, and includes legacy works that were commissioned by the organizing committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Artworks are located throughout the Village, Village North, Upper Village and Whistler Creek as well as in the Village and on the Valley Trail.
Public Art Tours
A self-guided walking tour of Whistler's public artworks is a great way to experience Whistler's art and culture scene and landscape. Each piece of art on the tour is identified with an interpretive sign, with additional information accessed through a phone or QR code.