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Posted: December 3, 2020

Arts and culture getting pandemic recovery supports

Artists and organizations are getting pandemic funding support and extended deadlines to apply for arts and culture recovery supports.

“We recognize the extreme challenges that the arts and culture sector is facing right now as we all do our part to contain COVID-19 and stay home,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “Arts and culture organizations asked for our help and we’ve responded. This targeted funding reinforces our government’s commitment to help people working in this sector to weather the storm and get ready to welcome audiences once again when it’s safe to do so.”

As part of province’s economic recovery plan, government is providing $21 million for arts and culture through the BC Arts Council:

* $16 million to expand the Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement;

* $5 million for the new Pivot Program to help organizations adapt.

The supplement helps existing BC Arts Council clients pay for operating costs like rent and utilities, and rehire people who work in the sector, such as artists, theatre technicians, production designers or arts administrators. Supporting vital arts organizations in B.C. communities supports artists, helps families access the arts and encourages more cultural activities. Arts and culture organizations are already starting to receive their supplements and the BC Arts Council has extended the deadline to Jan. 29, 2021, a Dec. 2 Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport media release noted.

The new Pivot Program helps arts and cultural organizations adapt to new realities resulting from the pandemic. Organizations can apply for assistance to modify their business model and practices, or get support for operational changes, such as going carbon neutral or buying better equipment for live-streaming events. This program will help B.C. organizations plan for the future so the arts can stay resilient and recover strong. Applications are open until Jan. 4, 2021.

“The B.C. government’s investment recognizes the value of arts and culture in creating and maintaining healthy and resilient communities. We know many organizations and artists will need to adapt and transform their working practices and the BC Arts Council is committed to supporting them as they work through this challenging time. This funding will be key to the recovery of B.C.’s arts and culture sector,” said Susan Jackson, BC Arts Council chair.

Lead image: The story of Cranbrook Ed display at the Cranbrook History Centre. e-KNOW file photo

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