MISSA is all about the magic that happens when like-spirited folks who love art and the creative process gather together. View the special events listed below where students, faculty and guests, have the opportunity to connect, create and socialize over the 2 weeks. Remember to browse to the bottom of this page!

MISSA 2023 Summer Program: July 14 – 28 

OPEN HOUSE Studio Tour (Self-led)

Check out what is happening on the Shawnigan Lake Campus on Saturday nights during the MISSA Summer Program.

Open House Studio Tour – Self-led and free to the public. Start at Marion Hall and then check out the exciting studio set-ups!

  • Saturday July 15 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday July 22 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)







To see the pathways more clearly, download pdf of campus map.

Celebration of the Arts Gala

NEW* Thursday, July 20

For more information and for tickets, (coming soon!):   Celebration of the Arts Gala

Wednesday Evening Workshop

Stay tuned for more information!



Ceramics Fundraiser - "Just Desserts" - build your own sundae

Thursday, July 27

For more information and for tickets, (coming soon!):  Ceramics Just  Desserts Fundraiser


Friday, July 28

For more information and for tickets, (coming soon!): Final Wrap-Up Party

Summer Program Fundraising

Student Art

This is an opportunity to take home a piece of your fellow participants’ artwork. MISSA students generously donate a piece of their own artwork and a draw is made at the end of each week. There will be a draw made on each Sunday, so that the weekend students can participate as well. Tickets are available by donation. Just another way to take home a piece of MISSA magic!


A highlight every year is to pick up your very own “MISSA mug” to enjoy a beverage while you are on campus. There are so many sizes and designs to choose from!  The mugs are a great memento of your time at MISSA and they make wonderful gifts too. The mugs are donated by past and present students and the money raised goes directly to the MISSA Ceramics Program.


There is a merchandise table that operates during MISSA that offers a range of items for sale including aprons, tote bags, t-shirts, zip- hoodies and sweatshirts. A sign will be posted with store hours.

Ambassador of the Arts Award

Every year, MISSA has recognized a member of the arts community who, through the calibre of their work and commitment, have made a significant difference to the growth and development of arts and culture in British Columbia.

Ambassadors of the Arts

The following have been recognized by MISSA as Ambassadors of the Arts: 

Jack ShadboltMyfanwy PavelicJack WiseMurray Adaskin | Carole Sabiston, O.B.C. | Rosita Tovell | Mavor Moore | Colin Graham | Fran Willis | PK Page | Bill West | Pat Martin-BatesWalter Dexter | Lorna Crozier, O.C. | Patrick LaneNorman Yates | The Newman Family: Victor, Edith, Marion and Carey | Martin SeggerValdyRobin Hopper, O.C., R.C.A | Shelagh Rogers | William Zuk | Gary Karr | Susan A. Point, O.C