Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

MISSA provides an inspiring west coast retreat setting for personal and professional development through an annual program of intensive arts workshops intended for practicing artists, arts educators and serious students.

Hands-on learning in an inspiring west coast setting - discover the MISSA magic.Our Impact Why We Exist

MISSA's mandate is to foster excellence in the arts in British Columbia by facilitating an annual intensive summer school program where internationally acclaimed practicing artists can share their knowledge and inspire serious students and other professionals to explore and develop their talents in a multi-disciplinary environment rich in natural and artistic stimulation. MISSA transforms lives through the arts, and has done so now for 30 summers. Artists working in an intensive environment open themselves to enable creativity to flow, and when they achieve success and new breakthroughs, it can indeed be a transformative and emotional life moment for the artist. There are many of those such moments at MISSA each summer, and they call it "the MISSA magic". Those magical moments are shared, and shared again, contributing positively to the lives of many.

MISSA contributes to our community more generally by increasing awareness of the arts, providing local access to hands-on workshops with internationally recognized and respected artists. MISSA also generates over $180,000 per year for the local economy through the many local supplies and services required to produce the summer school workshops and related community arts events.

Luminaries of the ceramic world (l to r) James Watkins, Judi Dyelle and Robin Hopper.Our Story What We Do

MISSA is a centre of excellence in the arts and community cultural development, working in collaboration with Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific to create a memorable and transformative 'destination learning experience'where artists are able to develop creatively and explore new avenues of innovation in the arts.

In 1984 a group of dedicated and accomplished artists formed and incorporated the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts (MISSA). That year, five two-week courses were offered. Over the years the school has developed a reputation for excellence in the arts, bringing in acclaimed practicing artists. Workshops have expanded from five courses and 53 participants the first summer, to over 40 workshops with more than 400 students each year from around North America and as far away as Israel, Brazil and Mexico.

The picturesque campus of Pearson College makes a perfect outdoor studio/classroom.Our Programs How We Do It

The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts offers dozens of intensive art education workshops each summer, ranging from ceramics and painting to mixed media, music and writing.

The calibre of instruction combined with the beautiful setting on the Pearson College campus delivers the "magic" that is the MISSA experience. A powerful special sense of place is achieved when creative and purposeful people converge on this tranquil waterside campus for two weeks, to inspire and be inspired as they learn and practice their art through the intensive hands-on workshops.

MISSA is entering its 31st year delivering transformative educational experiences in the arts, programs which enrich our regional arts scene and community quality of life.

MISSA represents excellence in arts education, helping artists develop their talents.What You Can Do

MISSA is seeking financial support to expand its offering of educational bursaries to emerging artists 19 to 29 years of age who would benefit from the transformative experience of a MISSA summer school workshop.

Building on its over 30 years of success in teaching adults, MISSA is also looking ahead to inspire a new generation, and is seeking collaborations along with financial, volunteer and advocacy support to introduce a summer art summer camp program for children/youth aged 12 to 18 for 2016 or 2017.


Cindy Moyer
Executive Director
Charitable Number: 107768087RR0001

Donate Now

Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 250,000