MAPLE RIDGE– New Democrat MLAs Lisa Beare and Bob D’Eith say that people in Maple Ridge, Mission, and Pitt Meadows will continue to enjoy a diverse and inclusive local arts scene as BC Arts Council grants are awarded to individual artists and arts organizations in the community.
“Congratulations to Layla BaObaid who lives here in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and to all the recipients across Maple Ridge and the rest of the province on your well-deserved awards and scholarships. I’m thankful that our government can help these artists achieve their goals and continue to bring joy and connection to our communities.” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
In Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows the following students are receiving BC Arts Council grant scholarships this year:
- Layla BaObaid, $6,000
- Sanne Heaven, $6,000
- Juri Sudo-Rustand, $6,000
- Vanessa Yuen, $6,000
“Through BCAC grant funding, we are paving a path toward reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion within B.C.’s art community,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission and Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film. “These grants are supporting a more diverse group of artists and arts organizations reflective of the incredible talent across our province.”
The BC Arts Council is working to build a more diverse and equitable funding structure to support the arts and culture community. Priority was given to equity-deserving organizations and artists as well as to communities outside of the capital region and Greater Vancouver.
This funding includes scholarships, project assistance for performing artists and professional organizations, and arts-based community development. This year, more than 250 individual artists and arts organizations throughout B.C. are benefitting from over $2.7 million in BC Arts Council grant funding.