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 very bottom of this page!

MISSA 2024 Summer Arts Program and Events

on the Shawnigan Lake School campus

Meal Tickets during MISSA

Welcome Dinner Tickets (Fridays and Sundays)

These tickets are for day students (and guests) wanting to stay for dinner. For any students staying on campus and checking in on Friday or Sunday, these dinners are included in your accommodation package.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Mocktail Meet & Greet
6:30 pm Dinner and Welcome

  • Friday July 12
  • Sunday July 14
  • Friday July 19
  • Sunday July 21

Purchase ticket(s) HERE

Weekday Dinner Tickets (Monday – Thursday & Saturday)

These dinner tickets are for any day student (or guest) who would like to stay for dinner. Stay late on a Monday or Tuesday, buy a dinner ticket and then stick around for the MISSA Talks starting at 7:15 pm.

Weekday dinners are included in the accommodation package for any student staying on campus.

Dinner hour: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lunch Tickets – For guests only    

All MISSA student lunches are included in the cost of workshop tuition.

Open Campus Studio Tour (Self-Led)

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

Open Campus Studio Tour – Self-led and free to the public. Start at MISSA Central and then check out the exciting studio set-ups! Check back for special events planned.

Saturday July 13 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm).

Saturday July 20 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)







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

MISSA Talks - Evening Presentations by 5-day Instructors

Back by popular demand, MISSA TALKS will be returning to the stage and will take place in the beautiful campus Chapel.

These presentations take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings (starting at 7:15 pm) and are presented by our 5-day MISSA instructors. These evenings are open to MISSA students and the general public and are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talented artists that teach at MISSA.

Summer Program MISSA Talks: Artists and their presentation topics

Monday July 15

Tuesday July 16

Monday July 22

Tuesday July 23

These evenings are free to the public but  donations are encouraged and any  money collected will go towards the MISSA Bursary Program.

Program details subject to change. Please check back for most up to date details.

JUST DESSERT - Ceramic Fundraiser

Thursday, July 18

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  In the Ritz courtyard (in the Shawnigan admin building)

Live music (TBA)
Local ice-cream!
Top your own sundaes!
Take home a mystery ceramic bowl!


**If you are interested in donating a ceramic bowl (or two!) to this ceramic fundraiser, please  fill out the donation form and someone will be in touch with you shortly.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Form will be available soon.

This ceramic bowl fundraiser has been happening at MISSA for many years and started as “Gumbo Night” an evening outside by the soda kiln at our Pearson College location, where gumbo was served in ceramic bowls. In 2022, in our new location at Shawnigan Lake School, this ceramics fundraiser changed to the “Chow-Down” and chowder was served in bread bowls.  A draw was made and participants won some bowls that were donated. In 2023, we switched things up again and served ice-cream ( blueberries and chocolate sprinkles too) at this “JUST DESSERT” event.  Each ticket holder received a donated bowl.  Thank you for continuing to participate in this fun filled fundraisers!

Summer Program Fundraising

Student Art

This is an opportunity to take home a piece of your fellow participants’ artwork. Items in all artistic mediums are welcome! MISSA students generously donate a piece of their own artwork and ticket draws are made on the last day of each of the 2-day  and 5-day  sessions (weekend students can participate too!).  Tickets are available at MISSA Central or in the Marion Hall during meal times.  This draw is 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.

**If you are interested in donating a mug(or two!) to this ceramic fundraiser, please fill out the donation form and someone will be in touch with you shortly.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

  • Donation form available soon.


MISSA Central is the place of information for all things MISSA and the buy awesome merchandise! There is a range of items for sale including aprons, tote bags, t-shirts, zip- hoodies and sweatshirts. A sign will be posted with store hours.

  • MISSA Notebooks: You can order now and either make pick up arrangements through the MISSA office in Victoria or you can have your notebook waiting for you when you arrive at MISSA in July.
  • MISSA Totes: (only 4 left!)You can order now and either make pick up arrangements through the MISSA office in Victoria or you can have your notebook waiting for you when you arrive at MISSA in July.

Bursary Books

A new and popular opportunity during the MISSA Summer Program is the sale of donated art books for bursaries. Browse through a wide selection of books on all topics of art and art history including a selection of art magazines. If you have any books you would like to donate, you can bring them with you or you can contact the MISSA Office to make arrangements for pick up or drop off in the Victoria area.

 $400 was raised for bursaries by the sale of Bursary Books in 2023!

Celebration of the Arts Gala

New for 2024 – Our Celebration of the Arts event is going to be re-visioned.

It will take place on Thursday, July 25.

Stay tuned for more details!

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 | Sheryl MacKay