Gabriola Arts Council creates fund to support local artists

Gabriola Arts Council

Press Release

Tuesday, December 12 2017

In celebration of their twentieth anniversary in 2017, the Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) has created a fund to support local artists in their pursuit of creative, educational or community-based arts projects. 

The fund was seeded by contributions from the President’s Legacy Fund, which was created with donations made in honour of Kathy Ramsey’s contribution to arts and culture on Gabriola when she stepped down as president in 2013, and a donation from Tammy Hudgeon. 

In January 2016, the GAC Board agreed to allocate 50 per cent of membership fees to the fund. The allocated amount will be revisited each year, and will ensure an ongoing source of revenue to sustain the fund for the long term. 

The Gabriola Artist Support Program (GASP) was inspired by GAC’s Mission to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership and service. The specific priorities are:

 • to enable Gabriola artists of all ages and at all levels to access professional development and other training opportunities;

 • to support Gabriola artists in the development of specific arts projects;

 • to ensure public access to, and engagement with, arts and culture on Gabriola Island;

 • to increase public awareness of, and engagement with, the arts;

Gabriola-based artists at all levels—including students and emerging artists—in visual, literary, media or performing arts (theatre, music, dance) may apply for funds. You must be a GAC member to apply (this does not apply to applicants under the age of 18), and you must be a full-time resident of Gabriola Island or Mudge Island.

Arts-based events are not eligible for funding through the GASP. 

The GASP has three components:

 • Individual Artists—Professional Development

 • Individual Artists—Project Development

 • Emerging Artists—Scholarships & Learning Support

Details on the three categories can be found on the GAC web site or through the GAC office in the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre. 

Applications will be reviewed by a three-person advisory committee consisting of one GAC Board Director, one GAC staff person, and one GAC member-at-large. The GASP Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Board, who will make the final funding decisions.