MLAs Alexis and D’Eith say funding will support artists in Mission

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MISSION – New Democrat MLAs Pam Alexis and Bob D’Eith say that provincial funding for arts organizations and people working in the arts will help the local sector continue to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“The importance of the arts here in Mission cannot be overstated. These organizations give back in so many ways, for example, the Mission Folk Music Festival will purchase new tents that will be available for other community events through their gear loan program!” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission.

In Mission the following projects are receiving funding, for a total of over $148,000:

  • Resilience stream:
    • Mission Arts Council $58,159
    • Mission Folk Music Festival Society $47,475
  • Infrastructure Stream:
    • Mission Arts Council $15,000 for the purchase of a new digital kiln and electrical upgrade for installation.
    • Mission Folk Music Festival Society $28,035 for the purchase of canopy tents for festival and event use as well as for community use through our gear loan program.

“As Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film, I’m thrilled to see more support going to our amazing arts community in B.C. Arts councils and non-profits produce many of our favourite local events, nurturing local artists and feeding our creative souls,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission.

The funding is distributed through the BC Arts Council and will provide a total of $34.5 million to arts and culture organizations throughout B.C. Grants will help support infrastructure projects and address rising costs for organizations who have been impacted by a loss of audiences, reduced profits, and increased expenses since the pandemic.

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