RICHMOND – Nine local arts and culture organizations and individuals have applied successfully for recent BC Arts Council funding.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Richmond recipients between July 1st and Sept. 30th, 2015 are:

  • Richmond Art Gallery Association – $20,000 for production and public presentation of ‘Omnis Temporalis.’
  • Borealis String Quartet Society – $3,500 for concert production of ‘From Darkness to Light.’
  • Wang Ying – $25,000 Media Arts Award for ‘Dad, I’ll Be Home Soon’ post-production work.
  • Angela McIlroy-Wagar – $6,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Boris Bilic – $5,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Danielle N. Vallee – $5,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Candace L. Gordon – $5,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Naomi Kawamura – $5,000 Scholarship Award.
  • Jennifer Sin – $3,900 Scholarship Award.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million BC Arts Council received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2015-16.

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

“Richmond is home to so many artistically-gifted individuals, as well as fantastic organizations that showcase their work,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “These grants from the B.C. Arts Council will undoubtedly lead to many more high-quality works and productions.”

“These individuals and organizations are part of Richmond’s diverse and engaging arts scene, which is often a catalyst for tourism and economic development,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “I encourage locals and visitors alike to experience the work of our talented artists.”

“Richmond, Child of the Fraser, is home to many and varied artists,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Congratulations to these very deserving recipients, who contribute much to our vibrant communities. They allow arts and culture to thrive in Richmond and beyond.”

Quick Facts:

  • Again this year, the Government of British Columbia is providing $24 million for the BC Arts Council – the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the Government of British Columbia is investing $60 million in B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-16.
  • Last year, council approved in excess of 1,300 grants in more than 200 communities in every region of the province.
  • Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has provided more than half a billion dollars for arts and culture in B.C.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: