“The arts enrich our lives and it’s great to see arts councils in our region continue to develop artistic talent and excite and engage audiences through their respective grants,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said.

Fort St. John Community Arts Council has received $9,629 for operating activities, while the Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council was allocated $9,100 for operating activities.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million that the B.C. Arts Council has received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2014 – 15.

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