KELOWNA – Seven local arts and culture organizations and individuals have applied successfully for recent BC Arts Council funding.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Kelowna recipients between July 1st and Sept. 30th, 2015 are:

  • Kelowna Community Resources Society – $24,000 for Breastfeeding Art Expo.
  • Kelowna Ballet Society – $17,000 to help build a floor in Ballet Kelowna’s new studio.
  • Kimberly Sutherland – $6,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Esther Roy-Cloutier – $6,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Matthew W. Harkness – $5,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Nicholas Denton-Protsack – $3,900 Scholarship Award.
  • Jocelyn Tennant – $3,900 Scholarship Award

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million BC Arts Council received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2015-16.

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists and arts administrators to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

“Kelowna is home to so many artistically-gifted individuals, and great organizations that showcase their work,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “These grants will undoubtedly lead to many more high-quality local works and productions.”

“These individuals and organizations are part of Kelowna’s diverse and engaging arts scene, which also serves as a catalyst for tourism and economic development,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Congratulations to these seven very deserving recipients of nearly $66,000 in BC Arts Council grants.”

“Investing in the Okanagan’s arts and culture scene pays off in diverse, thriving neighbourhoods,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “The BC Arts Council supports a wide variety of cultural organizations, programs, and emerging artists.”

Quick Facts:

  • Again this year, the Government of British Columbia is providing $24 million for the BC Arts Council – the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the Government of British Columbia is investing $60 million in B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-16.
  • Last year, council approved in excess of 1,300 grants in more than 200 communities in every region of the province.
  • Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has provided more than half a billion dollars for arts and culture in B.C.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: