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North Okanagan regional district launches Create and Isolate website

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April 15, 2020 - 11:47 AM

A new website has been launched allowing people to connect with arts, culture and heritage across the North Okanagan and share their own stories.

Funded with a grant from the Regional District North Okanagan, Isolate and Create North Okanagan is a joint collaboration between multiple partners which encourages people to engage, learn, and create while they practice social distancing and stay at home.

"What this really offers is a curated online space compared to the digital wilderness," Greater Vernon Museum and Archives executive director Steve Fleck told

What makes Isolate and Create stand out is its content is all local, allowing people to engage with their community online.

The content comes from a wide variety of North Okanagan organizations and features everything from daily art challenges put together by Arts Council of the North Okanagan and the Vernon Community Arts Centre, to historical film footage of the area.

There are stories from local voices, a 1991 interview with Sveva Caetani, to how-to videos on creating 'vintage games for the modern kid.' A major component of the website is that it encourages people to upload their own content.

"We know that people are doing their own things at home, it could be everything from learning music, to working in the garden, to scribbling poetry," Fleck said.

The website gives people the opportunity to collect and capture what they are doing and share it with other people.

"This is history in the making right now... we are gathering the stories and experiences which are happening right now," Fleck said. "We'll add some of that to our archives."

Isolate and Create North Okanagan can be found here.

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