Friends of MISSA are vital members of MISSA and provide ongoing financial support to the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. MISSA Friends include students both past and present, professional and amateur artists and those people interested in promoting and supporting visual arts of all kinds.

Friends of MISSA qualify for early registration on workshops and events.

Wondering if you’re a current Friend of MISSA? Log in to the website. If you see this note (as shown below) you’re a current Friend of MISSA.

Are you a current Friend of MISSA?


Early Registration for Friends of MISSA starts January 31 at 12 noon PST.


At MISSA we rely on the help of our passionate and dedicated volunteers, donors and sponsors. Please consider making a donation to MISSA to assist us in the delivery of our annual summer school which has been enriching the region’s cultural landscape since 1984.

Donations of all denominations make a huge difference to the fiscal sustainability of MISSA. Thank you for considering this model of direct support of our charitable work in arts education.

Friends of MISSA and summer students participate in financially supporting MISSA too. Every year students donate handmade mugs which are sold to directly raise money for the ceramics program. Gumbo night is a popular ceramics fundraiser with donated bowls used to enjoy a hot dish of gumbo where attendees get to take home their bowl! Visiting MISSA faculty donate a piece of art for the final event of the MISSA summer, the much anticipated Silent Auction. MISSA is grateful for the generous support from its student, Friends and faculty.

Please click here if you would like to make a donation. You will be automatically issued a charity tax receipt.

Community Fundraising

SMILE CARD fundraising through Thrifty Foods

Friends in Memoriam

Lorne Loomer (1937 – 2017)

A note from Jan Edwards, to the MISSA community shortly after hearing of Lorne’s passing:

“I was sorry to hear of Lorne’s passing.  He was always a great source of inspiration to me.  Tho I wanted to take his class I never did.   Here is an image I did, entitled “Lorne as a Birdbrain” that I made in his honor, after teaching at MISSA many years ago, 2014, I believe.   My “Birdbrain” series has continued to evolve over many years, honoring those who are involved in many ways in the protection of what we hold dear… Our Earth.   Thank you Lorne for showing us your way. Peace.”