KELOWNA – The arts continue to thrive in Kelowna, with two major arts organizations receiving more than $49,000 in the latest round of successful B.C. Arts Council grants.

The Okanagan Symphony Society is receiving a $29,280 grant and the Kelowna Ballet Society is receiving a $20,000 grant.

“This round of B.C. Arts Council grants will see nearly $6.25 million awarded to 166 arts and culture recipients across the province,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “From music and dance to theatre and artistic training, these grants recognize the tremendous talent in Kelowna and beyond.”

“These grants recognize these organizations’ outstanding contributions to the arts in Kelowna,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “I encourage residents and visitors to take in some of the fantastic performances offered by these talented musicians and dancers.”

“A healthy arts scene is a key component of a vibrant community,” says Westside-Kelowna MLA Christy Clark. “These grants will help ensure the symphony and ballet company continue to entertain and inspire.”

Applications were examined by the B.C. Arts Council’s peer-review process in April and May 2014. The funding is part of the $24 million provided to the B.C. Arts Council by the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2014-2015.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca