RICHMOND –  Richmond-Centre MLA Teresa Wat and Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap congratulated two key local arts and culture organizations that applied successfully for BC Arts Council grants totalling $35,000.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Richmond recipients between Sept. 1 and Oct.31, 2014 are:

  • The Richmond Art Gallery Association – $18,000
  • The Sharing Farm Society – $17,000

The Richmond Art Gallery Association is an independent, non-profit society formed to support the public, non-profit gallery of the City of Richmond, to promote dialogue and contemporary art. The funding will be used to hire a website designer to redesign the gallery’s website and a marketing and social media consultant to develop a marketing plan.

The Sharing Farm Society grows vegetables and harvests healthy produce to give to charitable food distribution organizations. The funding will be used for a theatrical production on a community farm to build awareness about farming.

“The Sharing Farm Society not only contributes to chartiable food distribution organizations, but also promotes sustainability through workshops on issues related to reducing food wastage and food security,” said Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap. “I would like to thank the society and its volunteers for their commitment to food education.”

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 2014-15.

For a list of recipients of the most recently approved BC Arts Council grants, visit:

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

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