RICHMOND – Two local arts and culture organizations have applied successfully for recent BC Arts Council funding.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Richmond recipients between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 are:

  • Richmond Museum Society – $28,000 for operating assistance.
  • Richmond Art Gallery Association – $22,000 for operating assistance.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million BC Arts Council received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2015-16.

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists and arts administrators to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

“Arts and culture are thriving here in Richmond and across British Columbia,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “In addition to keeping audiences inspired and entertained, this sector contributes so much to local tourism and economic development.”

“The arts are a key component of any vibrant community,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Here in Richmond, we are blessed to have so many talented artists, performers, and organizations who help us celebrate our culture while adding to our quality of life.”

“These recipients are just two examples of the great arts and culture groups in our community,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “These grants will help them continue their great work, delighting audiences of all ages in Richmond.”

Quick Facts:

  • The B.C. Government is spending more than $60 million on artists, arts and culture organizations in 2016-17, including about $17.5 million in community gaming grants.
  • In 2016-17, the BC Arts Council, an independent agency funded by the Government of British Columbia, will provide $24 million to help artists and cultural organizations flourish in communities throughout B.C.
  • Since 2001, the BC Arts Council has distributed about $259 million, provided by the B.C. Government, to artists, arts groups and cultural organizations across British Columbia.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca.