ANKORS Art Slam 2020

ANKORS is hosting a 72-hour virtual art slam to raise awareness and funds to support people living with HIV/AIDS in the Kootenay/Boundary region. The art slam will run from September 8th-10th and will raise funds for the ANKORS Foundation Fund. This fund aims to support the specific needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Kootenay/Boundary region, such as providing nutritional enhancement or supporting access to medical care.

Many local artists will be participating in the art slam, which is open to any and all sorts of artistic creators – from poets, to muralists, chefs, painters, photographers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers, videographers and more! Participating artists will be given a prompt and will then have 72 hours to create their piece of art. Photos and videos of the virtual art slam will be shared online through ANKORS’ social media and on the Facebook event page.

At the end of the slam, community members will vote for their favourite piece of art and the winner will be awarded with a prize! An online auction will run for two weeks following the art slam (from September 11 th to September 24 th ), in which community members will have the opportunity to bid for the artwork that was created during the slam. Part of the proceeds from this auction will go towards the participating artists, and the other part will be donated to the ANKORS Foundation Fund to support people living with HIV/AIDS. More information about how to check out the artwork and bid in the online auction will be available on the event page here.

On Wednesday September 16th at 7:30PM, ANKORS will partner with the Royal in Nelson to host a documentary screening of “How to Survive a Plague”. This film tells the story of the early AIDS epidemic and the activists who pushed for action to combat it. At this event, ANKORS will also share video footage and highlights from the art slam. Tickets for the screening will be available through The Royal’s website – please stay tuned for more
information about booking a table to attend. ANKORS and the Royal are working together to ensure that COVID-19 protocols will be in place and respected for this in-person event. We look forward to seeing you there!

ANKORS acknowledges that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local artists may be struggling at this time. This is an opportunity to come together as a community in celebration of the arts. In the context of this global pandemic, it is crucial to recognize the importance of continuing efforts to confront longstanding epidemics, such as that of HIV/AIDS.

For more information about the art slam, silent auction, or documentary screening email Amelia at or call 250-505-5506. You can also check out our Facebook event for more details.

2018 AIDS Walk Fundraiser BBQ this Saturday!

Join ANKORS at the 2018 AIDS Walk Barbecue on September 15, 10am – 1pm at Lakeside Park!

The AIDS Walk for Life is ANKORS’ annual fundraiser for our Foundation Fund: money that directly supports people with HIV and Hepatitis C in the Kootenays with life and health expenses. This fund is very important to the communities ANKORS serves, show up and support us!

There are two ways you can contribute: showing up to our barbecue on Saturday, or participating in our online silent auction.

At the barbecue, there will be complimentary food and drinks, Zumba classes, face painting and games for families and children, speeches from esteemed community members, and an opportunity for a contemplative walk around the labyrinth. Everything is by donation!

See the facebook event for our barbecue here: 2018 West Kootenay AIDS Walk

Our online auction includes amazing items: gift certificates to local restaurants (like Pitchfork, La Bomba Dell’Amore, The Hume, Cantina Del Centro and Main Street Diner), accommodations at local spots (like Prestige Lakeside Resort, the Dancing Bear Inn, and Best Western), wellness packages (from SkinBliss MediSpa, Oranj Fitness, A Touch of Bliss Massage, Bambu Hot Yoga, Nelson Boxing & Athletics Club, and Mountain Waters Spa), a pass for the Kokanee Mountain Zipline, a brewery tour and beer tasting for 4 at the Torchlight Brewing Company, golf passes to Castlegar Golf Club & RV Park, and tons of gift bundles (from Mountain Baby, John Ward Coffee, Kootenay Co-op, Otter Books, and Oso Negro)!!!!

All money from the auction supports the Foundation Fund, make sure to participate: 2018 ANKORS AIDS Walk Fundraiser

Read this year’s article in the Nelson Star here: AIDS Walk features online silent auction


It’s AGM time again!

ANKORS will host its annual general meeting on Thursday, August 18th, 2016. It will be held in the Fairview Room in the Nelson United church, at 602 Silica Street, Nelson, BC.

Doors open at 12:30pm for the Meet and Greet, and the AGM runs from 1-3pm. Snacks and refreshments available.

People who are interested in joining our Board please contact ANKORS in advance at (250) 505-5506 or email us at