Exploring Cultural Depths…
Long before the School of the Arts Victoria Street Campus of today, Nelson and its surrounding areas were a vital West Kootenay cultural hub. Artists are attracted to the natural beauty, the laid-back attitude and an atmosphere of acceptance that inspires creativity. It’s no surprise that Nelson was a pioneer of post-secondary fine arts education in rural British Columbia by innovators and dreamers who saw the potential. “Kootenay School of Art or KSA” started to take roots in the community in 1958 and in 1972 it became connected to Selkirk College with the official merger talking place in 2006.
In 1996, School of the Arts Craft programs found their permanent home at the Victoria Street Campus in downtown Nelson. This notable building was once Nelson’s police department and jailhouse, and later the City’s electrical sub-station. It’s stone construction stands strong and this campus exudes personality. From the downstairs industrial metal studio featuring ancient anvils and forges heated to 1000 degrees Celsius to the airy textile studio floors above, the space is welcoming and inspiring.
During your breaks from class, wander the vibrant and historic downtown Nelson featuring chic yet down-to-earth restaurants, coffee shops, salons and boutiques showcasing creations made by School of the Arts alumni craftspeople. Shopping local is old hat here. Be inspired by the bustle and by the relaxed Kootenay vibe making for a perfect combination.
Contact and Directions
606 Victoria Street
Nelson, British Columbia
Canada V1L 4J4
Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4 p.m.