KELOWNA – Seven key arts and culture organizations serving Kelowna and area have been awarded a total of $181,833 in B.C. Arts Council grants, announced Kelowna MLAs Steve Thomson, Norm Letnick and Christy Clark.

The B.C. Arts Council awarded grants to the following arts and culture organizations:

  • Kelowna Museums Society received $65,000.
  • Kelowna Art Gallery Association received $55,000.
  • Okanagan Artists’ Alternative Association Alternator Gallery received $25,000.
  • The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan received $20,388.
  • Okanagan Symphony Society received $9,000.
  • Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society received $4,000.
  • Cool Arts Society received $3,445.

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, visit BCArtsCouncil.ca.