BC Arts Council portions out $27K for Gabriola Arts Council

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Monday, October 20 2014

The Gabriola Arts Council will receive a $27,000 grant from the BC Arts Council to put towards an internship for Alina Cerminara, who recently served as Director for the 2014 Gabriola Theatre Festival.

Cerminara is a recent graduate from the UVic Theatre Programand the SFU Masters in Publishing program.

Michelle Benjamin, Executive Director for the GAC said the BC Arts Council grant will enable to grant to hire Cerminara for a one-year Arts Administration/Event Manager Internship position. Benjamin said Cerminara will be, “working closely with me over the next year, starting in November. I’m looking forward to working with Alina....she has great instincts, experience and energy to contribute to the [Gabriola] Arts Council.

“It’s the perfect time for the Arts Council to have this opportunity and increased capacity, as we manage the development of the WI Hall and the continued growth and expansion of our core programs.”

Cerminara said, “This is such an exciting new development! I am so thrilled to be working on Gabriola Island and with the Gabriola Arts Council this year, doing what I want to be doing. I’ve mainly been a student, so to actually be working in the field of my choice, organizing events and doing arts administration, is so terrific and such a great opportunity. 

“GAC’s board and staff are so creative, knowledgable, hard-working, and thoughtful, which will be the perfect environment to continue to learn and grow in this field. And to be able to support the art and artists on the isle of the arts? What could be better? I’d also like to extend a special thank you to Michelle Benjamin for working tirelessly to get this grant. I am much obliged, and know I’m going to learn a great deal from her!

“I look forward to beginning this new endeavour and to starting work with Gabriolans in an increased capacity.”

The $27,000 will go primarily towards wages, with some allocated to professional development opportunities and overhead.

According to the BC Arts Council, the Early Career Development Program is designed to help bridge the gap for emerging and early career arts practitioners, supporting their career development and ability to work as artists and arts and culture workers. The program will support early career practitioners to develop their practice while building their portfolio, professional exposure and/or career experience through co-op placement, internship, residency, and mentorship opportunities. 

The program is intended to support the development of knowledge, learning and capacity within the sector and to create opportunities for the next generation of artists and practitioners.

As well as the Arts Council Grant, islander Tina Jones was also listed as a grant recipient, receiving $990 for professional development in the performing arts.

The GAC and Jones are among the 257 artists and arts organizations receiving grants from the BC Government by way of the BC Arts Council.

The funding for Gabriola is part of the $24 million the BC Government provided for 2014-2015 to the BC Arts Council to support the province’s arts and culture sector.