PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond announced the names of three students from Prince George who have received scholarships from the B.C. Arts Council.

“Congratulations to all of these students on their arts scholarships,” Morris said.

“We are very proud to see these dedicated students recognized with scholarships from the B.C. Arts Council,” Bond said. “We wish them continued success in their studies.”

B.C. Arts Council scholarships awarded in Prince George:

  • Benjamin Hawkins has received $6,000 to study visual arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Gillian P. Wigmore has received $5,500 to study creative writing at University of British Columbia
  • Elizabeth Houg has received $3,100 to study media arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

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.