Arts grants awarded in the Cariboo

The BC Arts Council (BCAC) has approved grants to support arts and culture in the Cariboo.

The BC Arts Council (BCAC) has approved grants to support arts and culture in the Cariboo. Three arts councils received more than $15,000 from the BC Arts Council.

The Williams Lake Community Arts Council receives $6,305; the 100 Mile and District Arts Council receives $3,470; and the Central Interior Regional Arts Council receives $6,000.

Across the province, artists and cultural organizations will share $8.36 million in the latest round of BCAC grants. The funding comes from $16.8 million provided by the B.C. government to the BCAC for fiscal year 2012-13.

Local museums, art galleries, and community arts councils throughout B.C. received grants that will help support their annual operations. Approved funding also includes grants for filmmakers, painters, musicians, writers, media, and theatre artists.

As the B.C. government’s key funding and development agency for the arts, the council enlists input from British Columbia’s arts community to evaluate grant applications through an independent peer review process.

Established in 1995, the BC Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector.

“Arts councils help promote artistic works in our communities and make them a more enjoyable place to live. I’m glad to see the BC Arts Council providing funding for our arts councils here in the Cariboo, helping them promote artistic expression,” said    Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett in the recent grant announcement.