COURTENAY – Local MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard is welcoming $81,079 through the province’s BC Arts Council Grant Program for community projects that will create new programs that encourage more inclusivity and accessibility in the creative sector, including those that support emerging Indigenous artists.
“Our government is investing in the local arts sector in Courtenay-Comox and across the province, as it is so important for building communities and supporting local artists,” said MLA Leonard.
Budget 2019 announced an additional $15 million over the next three years to the BC Arts Council, bringing its annual budget to $34 million in 2019-20.
In addition to new programs, this investment will also enable the council to further build on the funding increase provided in 2018 to enhance the capacity of arts and culture organizations in more than 200 communities.
Recipients in Courtenay and Comox benefiting from this latest round of grants include:
- Comox Art Gallery – $25,960
- Courtenay & District Historical Society – $29,000
- Comox Valley Community Arts Council – $26,119