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Richmond Arts Coalition to receive grant funding

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:11 PDT, Fri April 9, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

The Richmond Arts Coalition is getting a $3,600 boost from the province.

Part of $1.19 million being distributed across 70 B.C. communities, the funds will support safe and entertaining community arts festivals this year.

"We know how much people look forward to the amazing cultural celebrations and music festivals that normally take place during the upcoming peak season. We're so grateful many festival organizers have been able to pivot and use their ingenuity to adjust during the pandemic," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. "While festivals and cultural celebrations will be shared through different platforms this summer, we're committed to investing in these events because they're important for our mental health and sense of community pride."

The BC Arts Council is providing a total of $1.19 million through three grant programs:

• Community Arts Festivals: 72 grants to arts and culture and Indigenous organizations to pay artists to participate in local arts festivals.

• Visual Artists: 46 grants to support professional visual artists in creating new work.

• Co-Op Placements: 20 grants to help organizations hire co-op students to gain experience in the arts and culture sector.

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