New infrastructure program for arts and culture venues
To help improve spaces for artists and cultural activities, organizations can get support through the new $2-million Arts Infrastructure Program, the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture announced recently.
“Arts and culture venues are crucial for a thriving sector, but the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them deeply,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Supporting dedicated arts and culture spaces is a priority for our government, and this investment will help make sure people can access art and culture throughout B.C.”
The BC Arts Council will administer the program. Arts and cultural organizations, including Indigenous groups, will be eligible for up to $75,000 to improve arts and culture spaces or $40,000 to buy special equipment to support art programming.
“Arts and culture groups operate vital spaces in our communities and they need support to upgrade their facilities,” said Susan Jackson, chair, BC Arts Council. “I am delighted that arts and cultural groups from around the province, including those from equity-seeking, regional and Indigenous communities, will have the opportunity to enhance their existing spaces – whether that’s building new spaces for sharing traditional knowledge, expanding exhibition areas or acquiring equipment to share work digitally.”
Applications opened Monday, Aug. 17 and are open to Oct. 19.