NDP MLA Anderson says more people will enjoy improved arts spaces in the Kootenays

NELSON – New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says more people in the Kootenays will benefit from improved arts spaces and facilities thanks to the BC New Democrat government’s continued support of artists throughout B.C.

“Arts and culture are an essential part of our Kootenay vibe, and these organizations have long championed artists in our community,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “I am thrilled that this funding will help them expand the great work that they do.”

Three organizations in the Kootenays will be benefitting from this Arts Infrastructure funding, including:

  • Capitol Theatre Restoration Society – $74,965 for Capital Improvements
  • Nelson Civic Theatre Society (The Civic Theatre) – $35,718 for Specialized Equipment
  • Renascence Arts and Sustainability Society (Tiny Lights Festival) – $18,450 for Consultation and Planning

Through the Arts Infrastructure Program a total of 84 arts and cultural organizations will share in $4 million in grant funding. The program provides grants to arts and cultural organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support B.C.’s arts and cultural practitioners. Eligible activities include planning and consultation and capital improvements, such as improving safety features; increasing accessibility; or purchasing specialized equipment.

In April, the BC Arts Council introduced its Extending Foundations: Action Plan 2022-2024 which marked a shift in focus in the way the council provides funding to respond to calls to action for reconciliation, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

In alignment with these commitments, 50 per cent of grants in this recent round of Arts infrastructure funding was distributed to organizations from rural or remote communities or those led by or rooted in Indigenous and equity-deserving communities.

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To learn more about these grants and see the list of recipients, visit: news.gov.bc.ca/26762