The arts community in Richmond will benefit from a share of the $15.7 million distributed to B.C. arts and culture organizations by the provincial government.
Six Richmond arts organizations received a portion of the funding, including Cinevolution, the Richmond Art Gallery Association, Richmond Arts Coalition, Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, Richmond Museum Society and Vancouver International Halloween Festival Society.
Amounts awarded to the Richmond organizations range from $18,000 to $50,000.
“Arts and culture organizations have been working hard to adjust their businesses while adhering to provincial health orders,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, in a statement.
“Our government values the arts as part of our economic recovery, and we’re here to help them weather the storm. I know this funding comes at a critical time and will help sustain the sector until we can all gather to enjoy arts and culture again.”
In total, the BC Arts Council provided $15.7 million in supplemental funding to 556 arts organizations across the province, as part of the government’s StrongerBC economic recovery plan. The supplemental funding was awarded to organizations that receive annual operating funding or project grants, and can be used to pay operating costs such as rent, utilities, paying artists and protecting or restoring jobs.
Of the $15.7 million, $9.5 million was awarded to 318 Lower Mainland arts and culture organizations.
The BC Arts Council began to roll out the funding in November 2020. The funding is now fully allocated.