PRINCE GEORGE – Local resident Gillian P. Wigmore has received a $5,900 scholarship award for creative writing from the BC Arts Council.

“The BC Arts Council has a scholarship program that recognizes talented artists from across our province,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “It is fantastic to see Gillian once again receive a scholarship for her creative writing skills. It is so important to nurture and support the development of artists like Gillian and I am confident that this grant will do just that.”

“The arts have significant economic impact on our communities,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “By investing in creativity, we are able to further cultivate our creative sector.”

This grant is among 257 grants worth a combined $2.58 million that are being distributed to artists and arts organizations throughout B.C. as part of the latest round of successful BC Arts Council grant adjudications.

The funding is being provided for scholarship awards and media arts as well as professional development, early career development and touring initiatives in the performing arts and

studio arts fields.

The funding is part of a record $24 million provided to the BC Arts Council by the provincial government to support B.C.’s arts and culture sector in this fiscal year.

Recipients were chosen after the BC Arts Council’s independent peer-review process took place this past summer.

To apply for future grants, please visit the BC Arts Council’s website, BCArtsCouncil.ca.