RICHMOND – The B.C. Arts Council has granted Richmond Gateway Theatre Society $21,000 to help with operating costs, Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat announced today.

“The Richmond Gateway Theatre Society provides our community with wonderful entertainment,” Wat said. “The arts contribute to our community’s cultural fabric. I’m glad to see Richmond Gateway Theatre Society receive this grant.”

The Richmond Gateway Theatre Society provides professional theatre performances as well as year-round acting, musical theatre, and technical training classes for youth and adults.

“Gateway Theatre raises the quality of life in Richmond through the production of live professional theatre,” Gateway Theatre artistic director Jovanni Sy said. “With the support of the B.C. Arts Council, the Gateway will continue to demonstrate excellence and leadership in delivering cultural programming that connects our community.”

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, the B.C. Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

Established in 1995, the B.C. Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, the council approved more than 1,000 grants in over 200 communities in every region of the province.

The provincial government is providing $24 million to the B.C. Arts Council this year, the highest funding level in the council’s history. Overall, it is investing $60 million towards B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

For more information about the B.C. Arts Council, including information on how to apply for grants, visit BCArtsCouncil.ca.