KELOWNA – Four Kelowna-area students have received scholarships from the B.C. Arts Council, announced Kelowna MLAs Steve Thompson, Norm Letnick and Christy Clark.

B.C. Arts Council scholarships awarded in Kelowna and area:

  • Malcolm McCormick of Kelowna received $6,000 to study Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia
  • Ivory Day of Kelowna received $5,000 to study Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Arts and Design
  • Lacia Vogel of Enderby received $5,000 to study Visual Arts at the University of Regina
  • Nicholas Denton-Protsack of Kelowna received $3,100 to study Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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.