PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris congratulated five key local arts and culture organizations or individuals that applied successfully for recent BC Arts Council funding.
BC Arts Council grants approved for Prince George-Valemount and Prince George-Mackenzie recipients between March 1 and May 31, 2016, are:
$10,000 – Prince George Conservatory of Music
$70,000 – Theatre North West Society
$23,400 – Prince George Symphony Orchestra Society
$32,300 – Prince George Regional Art Gallery Association/ Two Rivers Gallery
$4,500 – Robson Valley Music Society
The funding for each of these recipients comes from a record-high $24 million that BC Arts Council receives annually from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture.
As the province’s lead agency for arts funding and development, BC Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists and arts administrators to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.
Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount –
“The presence of the arts community in Prince George-Valemount benefits all of our residents. Our city is a richer place because we can attend performances of the symphony orchestra, visit the Two Rivers Gallery or enjoy the Robson Valley Music Festival each year. I am proud of each of these grant recipients for their hard work and dedication to their art and for making our region a great place to live.”
As the largest centre for music education in northern BC, the Prince George Conservatory of Music has been serving the community since 1984. It will use the $10,000 grant to support operating assistance for arts training.
With a mandate of providing access to and interest in high quality professional theatre in BC’s north, the Theatre North West Society will use the $70,000 grant to continue staging plays for audiences in Prince George-Mackenzie.
Dedicated to enriching and enlivening the cultural life of their city, the Prince George Orchestra Society works hard to provide first class musical performances, and to support the development of artistic talent in the region. This $23,400 grant will assist with the Society’s operating expenses.
The Prince George Regional Art Gallery Association runs the Two Rivers Gallery for the purpose of cultivating artistic interest and expression in Prince George, as well as encouraging learning through the arts and providing their community with the chance to experience art through their exhibitions. The Gallery will receive $32,300 in funds through the Youth Engagement Program for studio arts.
In 2005, the first Robson Valley Music Festival took place in Robson Valley; the Robson Valley Music Society was created this year to ensure the Festival can continue to bring the community together each year, and this $4,500 grant will help them do just that.
The B.C. Government is spending more than $60 million on artists, arts and culture organizations in 2016-17, including about $17.5 million in community gaming grants.
In 2016-17, with funding provided by the Government of British Columbia, the BC Arts Council is providing $24 million through an independent peer-review process to help artists and cultural organizations flourish in communities throughout B.C.
Since 2001, the BC Arts Council has distributed about $259 million to artists, arts groups and cultural organizations across British Columbia.
Community arts councils, galleries, museums and individual artists throughout the province receive BC Arts Council funding.
Last year, council approved grants benefitting more than 200 communities in every region of the province.
In February 2016, the Province launched the three-year Creative Economy Strategy to help grow the creative sector. The strategy focuses on four key areas:
Leveraging talent and creative clusters.
Accessing new markets.
The United Nations has identified the creative economy as one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors for income generation, job creation and export earnings.
With 24,800 artists, B.C. has more artists per capita than any other province.