NDP MLA Roly Russell says strengthened recovery funding will help support local artists and organizations in Boundary-Similkameen

BOUNDARY-SIMILKAMEEN – New Democrat MLA Roly Russell says strengthened support from the BC NDP government will help local artists and art organizations in the Similkameen, South Okanagan, and Boundary areas recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“The arts help define part of our cultures and community. Helping deliver that, our arts councils and galleries connect us as a community with fantastic events and exhibitions,” said MLA Russell. “I’m happy we’re able to support them through their recovery from COVID-19, and look forward to being back at their events soon.”

Four organizations across the constituency will be benefitting from this recovery funding.

This funding to local artists and organizations comes from more than $12.4 million in one-time funding to the BC Arts Council. The BC Arts Council will distribute $7.9 million in resilience supplements to over 300 organizations currently receiving operating assistance.  These grants recognize the impact the pandemic has had on sector organizations. Grants will range from $15,000 to $60,000. Additionally, BC Arts Council will direct $4.5 million to top up the Arts Impact Grant program.  Arts Impact Grants enables applicants to prioritize what activity or activities will provide the greatest and most meaningful impact to their organization, practice and/or community.

This grant program signals a new focus on flexibility, equity, inclusion and diversity in how the BC Arts Council supports arts and culture organizations. Funding is available to organizations and collectives with an arts and culture mandate and/or offering dedicated arts and culture programming, including non-profit organizations and Indigenous governments and community organizations. 

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To learn more about these grants and see the list of recipients, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022TACS0010-000473