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April 28, 2023 at 11:38 am  Politics, Provincial

VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert says that provincial funding for arts organizations and people working in the arts will help the local sector continue to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

“Vancouver is known across the province and country as an art and cultural centre,” said Spencer Chandra-Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End. “This funding will allow arts organizations in our community to continue their great work of providing connection, community, and incredible art to Vancouver.”

In Vancouver, 179 organizations are receiving funding, including:

  • Arts Club Theatre Company, $1,066,207
  • Arts Umbrella Society, $1,201,393
  • Ballet BC, $568,511
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, $370,023
  • The Clutch, $410,685
  • UBC Press, $330,366
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, $1,581, 952
  • Vancouver Opera, $710,849
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, $1,530,604

The funding is distributed through the BC Arts Council and will provide a total of $34.5 million to arts and culture organizations throughout B.C. Grants will help support infrastructure projects and address rising costs for organizations who have been impacted by a loss of audiences, reduced profits, and increased expenses since the pandemic.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023TACS0021-000606

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