PRINCE GEORGE – Five key arts and culture organizations serving Prince George have been awarded $220,475 in B.C. Arts Council grants, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris announced today.

“Our community has vibrant, diverse arts and cultural organizations and it is great to see them receive funding from the B.C. Arts Council,” Bond said. “The arts entertain us, engage us and inspire us.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff in these organizations that work so hard to enrich our city and region.”

“Music and the arts have had a significant presence in our communities for centuries, and the intrinsic value associated to this sector should not be underestimated,” Morris said. “This funding will help all of these arts groups continue to provide artistic, theatrical and musical opportunities for our community to enjoy.”

Prince George Folkfest Society received $30,000 to create an artistic/executive director position. The Theatre North West Society received $15,000 to hire an administrative assistant. The Fraser-Fort George Museum Society received $75,000 while the Prince George and District Community Arts Council received $21,475 for operating activities for the year.

The Prince George Regional Art Gallery/Two Rivers Gallery received $63,000 for operating activities for the year and $16,000 to purchase capital assets.

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.