The Vault Cultural Collective (VCC) spoke to council on their recent successes in their collaborations with arts and culture organizations in creating a space for artists to thrive in Strathmore.

Carolyn Steeves the chair of the VCC spoke up about some ways the Vault has been challenged and improved since its founding 22 months ago

“The first challenge was to create a place with a purpose and a way to draw the public to a storefront that would give all groups a place to call home. All inventory is handcrafted by local artists, 50 thus far, and made available for sale on a commission basis. A troop of board members and volunteers became the driving force of the entire organization. The result is a unique store with a special ambiance and a field that is appreciated by many guests and customers.”

Steeves also issued some requests to the council which included: Developing an umbrella organization for art and culture in Strathmore with the VCC at its centre, extending the VCC’s Memorandum of Agreement for another 4 years, securing funding for a part-time employee and adding an ‘arts and culture’ tab to the Town of Strathmore's website.

The council directed the VCCs request to their administration and intends to address their requests shortly.

The Vault Cultural Collective is still going strong, bringing art and culture in a unique setting to the Town of Strathmore’s cultural landscape.