Recovery Support Coming for B.C.’s Art, Culture Sector

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NDP MLAs say strengthened recovery funding will help support local artists and organizations in Burnaby

BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Janet Routledge, Raj Chouhan, Katrina Chen, and Anne Kang say strengthened support from the BC New Democrat government will help local artists and art organizations in Burnaby recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“Local arts and culture organizations bring so much vibrancy to our communities,” says Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “As these organizations begin to rebuild after a challenging two years, I know that people across the province will be ready to greet them.”

Seven artists and organizations in Burnaby will be benefitting from this recovery funding, including:

  • DOC BC, $10,000
  • Moving Images Distribution, $30,000
  • OURO Collective, $30,000
  • Canadian Women and Art Society, $30,000
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, $60,000
  • Burnaby Arts Council, $15,000
  • Burnaby Arts Gallery, $30,000

This funding to local artists and organizations comes from more than $12.4 million in one-time funding to the BC Arts Council. The BC Arts Council will distribute $7.9 million in resilience supplements to over 300 organizations currently receiving operating assistance. These grants recognize the impact the pandemic has had on sector organizations. Grants will range from $15,000 to $60,000. Additionally, BC Arts Council will direct $4.5 million to top up the Arts Impact Grant program. Arts Impact Grants enables applicants to prioritize what activity or activities will provide the greatest and most meaningful impact to their organization, practice and/or community.

This grant program signals a new focus on flexibility, equity, inclusion, and diversity in how the BC Arts Council supports arts and culture organizations. Funding is available to organizations and collectives with an arts and culture mandate and/or offering dedicated arts and culture programming, including non-profit organizations and Indigenous governments and community organizations.

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To learn more about these grants and see the provincewide list of recipients, visit: