VICTORIA, B.C. – Arts and culture organizations in the Peace Region are receiving funding from the province to assist with its COVID-19 recovery.

The Province has announced the funding as an extra boost to help with resiliency as the economy tries to recover from the pandemic.

According to the province, $14 million in new one-time supplements will be provided to 588 arts and culture organizations, as well as an additional $2 million to help 47 organizations improve their existing spaces.

Organizations within the Peace Region that are being provided with funding are:

“I know how difficult this past year has been for artists, without being able to connect with people in our communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport. “Our government is working with arts leaders and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer to plan a safe return because we know how important art is for our mental health and well-being. In the meantime, we are stepping up and providing an additional $16 million in supports to people, arts organizations, and venues.”

The funding is through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. This funding, combined with the $21 million announced last September, brings the total amount for the arts and culture sector to $35 million. The government also doubled arts infrastructure funding with $2 million distributed to 50 arts and culture organizations in January.

More information can be found on the BC Gov website.