RICHMOND – Three key arts and culture organizations serving Richmond have been awarded $67,500 in B.C. Arts Council grants, Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat announced today.

“These organizations bring a wide range of benefits for people, including bringing community together, providing entertainment, and encouraging diversity,” Wat said.

Cinevolution Media Arts Society received $10,000 toward the creation and broadcast of Art of Talking Women, and $7,500 toward artist fees for the fourth annual Your Kontinent festival. Richmond Museum Society received $28,000 while Richmond Art Gallery Association received $22,000 for operating activities for the year.

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.