CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Three Campbell River organizations and one from Cortes Island are receiving funding from the BC Arts Council.

According to a release from MLA Claire Trevena’s office, the four organizations are receiving $180, 976 from the province’s BC Arts Council Grant Program for community projects.

The funding encourages more inclusivity and accessibility in the creative sector, including those that support emerging Indigenous artists.

The province’s Budget 2019 announced an additional $15 million over the next three years for the BC Arts Council, which brings its annual budget to $34 million in 2019-2020.

In addition to new programs, the funding also allows the BC Arts Council to build on the funding increase provided in 2018 to enhance the capacity of arts and culture organizations across over 200 communities.

The recipients of the latest grants include:

  • Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society (CIMAS) – $20, 000 (a 33% increase over 2017-2018)
  • Campbell River and District Museum and Archives Society – $111, 600 (20% increase over 2017-2018)
  • Campbell River Community Arts Council – $22, 976 (77% increase over 2017-2018)
  • Campbell River and District Public Art Gallery – $26, 400 (20% increase over 2017-2018)