RICHMOND – Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat, Richmond East MLA Linda Reid and Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap announced the names of three students from Richmond who have received scholarships from the B.C. Arts Council.

“I wish all of these students the best in their creative studies,” Wat said.

“The arts define us,” Reid said. “I am happy to recognize students for their efforts.”

“Students who have a strong work ethic and passion are tomorrow’s leaders,” Yap said.

B.C. Arts Council scholarships awarded in Richmond:

  • Jackie Wong has received $6,000 to study visual arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
  • Wan Ting (Winnie) Chen has received $5,500 to study visual arts at University of British Columbia
  • Liel Amdour has received $5,000 to study music at University of British Columbia
  • Carmela de Torres has received $5,000 to study creative writing at University of British Columbia
  • Catherine Bennington has received $5,000 to study visual arts at University of British Columbia Okanagan
  • Candace L. Gordon has received $3,100 to study dance at Butler University.

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