RICHMOND: Five local residents have received grants from the BC Arts Council totalling $43,750.

“The BC Arts Council Scholarship Program provides support for B.C. arts organizations and individual artists. I am very glad these students receive grants to further their creative studies,” Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid said.

“I am very glad these scholarships recognize our students’ talents and effort,” Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said. “These funds can help students develop their artistic endeavors.”

BC Arts Council grants in Richmond:

  • Hung Sheung (Joe Chang) has received a $23,000 media arts award.
  • Angela Mcilroy-Wagar has received a $6,000 scholarship award.
  • Candace L Gordon has received a $5,950 scholarship award.
  • Karen Tennant has received a $5,800 scholarship award.
  • Jackie Wong has received a $3,000 scholarship award.

The five are among 257 grants worth a combined $2.58 million that are being distributed to artists and arts organizations throughtout B.C. as part of the latest round of successful BC Arts Council grant adjudications.

The funding is being provided for scholarship awards and media arts as well as professional development, early career development and touring initiatives in the performing arts and studio arts fields.

The funding is part of a record $24 million provided to the BC Arts Council by the provincial government to support the B.C.’s arts and culture sector in this fiscal year.

Recipients were chosen after the BC Arts Council’s independent peer-review process took place this past summer.

To apply for future grants, please visit the BC Arts Council’s website, www.BCArtsCouncil.ca.