Cultural activities funded

More than $6.9 million is being provided to 277 artists, museums and arts organizations in 97 B.C. communities

More than $6.9 million is being provided to 277 artists, museums and arts organizations in 97 B.C. communities as part of the latest round of successful B.C. Arts Council grant adjudications.

Locally, several grants have been acquired:

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, $24,000 for operating assistance

Arts Council of the North Okanagan, $19,735

O’Keefe Ranch, $42,000 for operating assistance.

Vernon Public Art Gallery Society, $16,500 for operating assistance

Kerry Gilbert, of Vernon, $6,000 for creative writing

Kevin McPherson, of Armstrong, $8,400 for creative writing

“Arts and culture are key building blocks for creative and vibrant communities and they are essential to our quality of life and competitiveness,” said Community Development Minister Coralee Oakes.

“The arts and culture sector is a significant contributor to our provincial economy and is vital in the promotion of B.C. as a prime location to visit, work, live and invest.”