PRINCE GEORGE – Two Rivers Gallery has been awarded a $24,500 grant from the BC Arts Council. These funds will support MakerLab Youth Immersion, a program that offers both new and experienced youth who are interested in art a chance to work on real and personally meaningful projects, as well as a place to use new technologies and traditional tools.

“Where can you go to get creative and experiment with new tools and techniques? The Two Rivers Gallery MakerLab. This special gathering place is designed to encourage people of all ages and skills to work on projects, learn and explore together,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The grant from the BC Arts Council will focus on youth participation in the MakerLab and will help The Two Rivers Gallery continue to be leaders in this innovative approach.”

“There is nothing more inspiring than encouraging youth to explore their creativity,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “We are so lucky in Prince George to have the Two Rivers Gallery giving youth the opportunity to work, learn and create together in an open environment. Do-it-yourself learning can be a very educational and fun way to learn and I’m sure youth involved in this MakerLab program will have a blast.”

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: bcartscouncil.ca.