Submitted. Two Mission arts and culture organizations received a total of $27,149 in B.C. Arts Council grants, Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton and Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson announced today.
“The Fraser Valley is an arts and culture mecca,” Dalton said. “Residents of Mission and the Lower Mainland will benefit from this funding.”
The B.C. Arts Council awarded grants to the following arts and culture organizations:
Mission Folk Music Festival Society received $15,000
The District of Mission Arts Council received $12,149.
“Our province supports culturally-rich communities and a creative economy,” Gibson said. “These grants enrich our communities by allowing artists and organizations to thrive.”
As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, the B.C. Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.
Established in 1995, the B.C. Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, the Council approved more than 1,000 grants in over 200 communities in every region of the province.
The provincial government is providing $24 million to the B.C. Arts Council this year, the highest funding level in the Council’s history. Overall, it is investing $60 million towards B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
For more information about the B.C. Arts Council, including information on how to apply for grants, please click here.