KELOWNA– The Kelowna Ballet Society has been awarded a grant worth $39,300 from the B.C. Arts Council. These funds will support a program which sees at-risk youth working with a composer, choreographer & student mentors to create a new school program.
“This program is a tremendous opportunity,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Not just to learn, but a chance to express themselves creatively in what might be a new and different way.”
“This is just one of the innovative programs offered by the Kelowna Ballet Society,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “We’re very proud to have them operating in our community, and wish them well as they continue to work with our valued youth.”
“Since its inception in 2002, Ballet Kelowna has blossomed into the cutting-edge ballet company we know today,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “This grant will help the society develop the next generation of talent and continue its great reputation for innovation.”
The funding comes from a record-high $24 million that the BC Arts Council has received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2014-15.
As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, the BC Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.
For a list of recipients, or for more information on BC Arts Council grants, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: www.bcartscouncil.ca.