Gabriola Arts Council receiving $12,000 from BC Government for Arts Centre

Sounder News

Tuesday, January 24 2017

The Gabriola Arts Council is one of thirteen arts organizations in the province that will be receiving a piece of $499,500 in small capital grants from the British Columbia government, through the government’s Collaborative Spaces Program.

The GAC will be receiving $12,000 to put towards purchasing and installing professional sound, lighting and exhibit equipment for the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre, which will support professional productions to benefit both audiences and performers.

A variety of arts and community groups will be able to make use of the space and take advantage of the equipment at the centre and possibly at other venues.

The funding is intended by the provincial government to provide for renovations and the purchase of specialized equipment, allowing BC’s creative professionals and organizations to work together in innovative and productive ways.

The investment is part of the government’s Creative Economy Strategy which is targeting $1.5 million toward collaborative arts spaces over three years. The program promotes artistic creation, increases shared resources, facilitates collaboration and enhances accessibility for artists and audiences throughout BC.

Applications for the 2017-18 Collaborative Spaces Program will open in summer 2017.

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, said, “Many British Columbians benefit from enhanced collaborative arts spaces, which contribute to healthy, vibrant communities. 

“With this funding, artists and arts organizations have access to greater resources for their creative work, which in turn engage audiences of all ages. Strong cultural infrastructure supports a thriving creative economy in our province.”