Vancouver MLAs welcome BC Arts Council Grants

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VANCOUVER– Local MLAs Melanie Mark, Spencer Chandra Herbert and George Heyman are welcoming over $5 million for Vancouver art organizations and artists through the province’s BC Arts Council Grant Program. These grants support programs that encourage more inclusivity and accessibility in the creative sector, including those that support emerging Indigenous artists.

From Vancouver, over 100 organizations and 39 individual artists are receiving grants both large and small. These go to support street festivals, music festivals, film festivals, art galleries, book publishers, writers, choirs, and more. A link to the full list of grant recipients is included below.

Budget 2019 announced an additional $15 million over the next three years to the BC Arts Council, bringing its annual budget to $34 million in 2019-20.

In addition to new programs, this investment will also enable the council to further build on the funding increase provided in 2018 to enhance the capacity of arts and culture organizations in more than 200 communities.

MLA Quotes

“The arts are essential to nurturing a vibrant and inclusive community. The projects receiving funding today will continue to support an already thriving arts culture, while also fostering new pathways for collaboration and creativity. Congratulations to all our local grant recipients.” – Melanie Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant

“Before entering politics, I was a working professional artist. I know the important role the arts play in building community, and supporting a vibrant economy. Today’s increased investment in the arts from our government will help support incredible local artists and will ensure more people throughout our community can participate in the arts. It’s a great day for creativity in B.C.” – Spencer Chandra-Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End

“Our government recognizes the integral role the arts play in strengthening vibrant communities, encouraging creativity and building local economies. Congratulations to the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society and all arts organizations. I look forward to their continued role in our creative sector.” – George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview

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