B.C. Finance Minister Carole James, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria director Jon Tupper and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lisa Beare gathered in 2018 for a funding announcement relating to the Next Gallery Project expansion. The province this week announced a three-year, $15 million funding boost for the BC Arts Council, which provides operating grants to organizations including the Art Gallery. Don Descoteau/Black Press

BC Arts Council receives another funding boost in 2019 provincial budget

Greater Victoria arts organizations helped in latest round of operating assistance grants

An extra $15 million in government funding to the BC Arts Council over the next three years aims to build new programs that encourage more inclusivity and accessibility in the creative sector, including for emerging Indigenous artists.

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, announced the new funding on Wednesday, saying it is designed to help “open doors for artists, writers and creators across the province, so they can continue to inspire and engage us all.”

The influx of cash brings the Council’s annual budget up to $34 million for 2019-20. Not only is the intention to create new programs, it will work to further enhance the capacity of arts organizations in more than 200 B.C. communities, as a way to “contribute to the vibrancy of communities and regions throughout British Columbia,” said Arts Council chair Susan Jackson. The province’s three-year added commitment follows a $5 million annual increase that came as part of the 2018 B.C. budget.

The fall round of BC Arts Council grants (September to December 2018) saw 397 grants totalling nearly $10.9 million awarded to artists, museums, book publishers and other arts and culture organizations around the province.

In Greater Victoria, the largest of those grants included $319,000 for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, $85,366 for Orca Book Publishers, $81,697 to the B.C. Museums Association, $74,970 for Intrepid Theatre Company Society and $56,640 for the Open Space Arts Society.

A full list of the most recent grants can be found at bcartscouncil.ca/mediaroom., where you can also find information about BC Arts Council grant applications.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Family cycling affair Tour de Victoria rolls into ninth year

Riders can sign up for the 160 km Factor race, or distances of 140, 100, 60 30 0r 15 kilometers

International, Disney and Hallmark films set to be filmed in Victoria in 2019

Local and international production companies working out film locations in town

MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest

Annual celebration of craft beer expands to include more breweries from around the country

BEHIND BARS: Tag team ‘tenders driving the Barts’ bar

Matt Chaffe and Curtis Kidd keep locals and tourists cool during the summer season downtown

Roller skating fever taking over Greater Victoria

Roller Skate Victoria offers workshops, summer camps and more

WATCH: Hot rods flock to Victoria for Northwest Deuce Days

RECAP: Crowds roll out for four-day festival

Local drag artists take over Caffe Fantastico every month

Novice and experienced performers alike take to the stage for an accessible, all-ages show

Esquimalt Ribfest in need of volunteers for September weekend

The three-day celebration of barbecue, music and more happens Sept. 6 to 8

Fashionable ode to the sea goes Friday at Fort Common

Local sustainable fashion retailers to strut their latest as part of ocean conservation fundraiser

Brentwood Bay brings $5 concerts every Wednesday evening

Variety of music on offer: picnics, good vibes and family friendly

Schitt’s Creek and its stars among Canadians with Emmy nominations

Co-creator Eugene Levy thought they had chance for one nomination, ‘then they kept rolling in’

Most Read