PRINCE GEORGE – Katelynn Harman and the Alban Classical Artists Society have received $35,750 in BC Arts Council funding.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Prince George recipients between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2015.

Katelynn Harman has received $30,000 to use towards a mentorship that focuses on developing indigenous works and discussion.

Alban Classical Artists Society performs professional chamber music with northern musicians and will use its $5,750 in funding to present a series of free concerts in easily accessible public spaces.

“The arts enrich our quality of life. While they inspire us and entertain us, the arts can also teach us and spark dialogue and discussion,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Congratulations to Katelynn Harman and the Alban Classical Artists Society for being chosen by the BC Arts Council to receive these grants.”

“We have a diverse artistic community,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “The BC Arts Council helps organizations and individuals continue their fantastic work.”

The B.C. government is providing $24 million again this year for the BC Arts Council –  the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the government is investing $60 million in B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-16.

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

Since 2001, the B.C. government 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 bcartscouncil.ca.