ROLLA, B.C. – The Peace-Liard Regional Arts Council has been awarded two grants from the B.C. Government as a way to kick off Creative Industries Week.

The PLRAC has received $6,565 from Co-Op Placements and $5,000 from Community Arts Festivals.

More than 70 community arts festivals are getting support from the Province to hold safe, entertaining activities this year. The B.C. Arts Council is providing a total of $1.19 million through three grant streams, Community Arts Festivals, Visual Artists, and Co-Op Placements.

“We know how much people look forward to the amazing cultural celebrations and music festivals that normally take place during the upcoming peak season. We’re so grateful many festival organizers have been able to pivot and use their ingenuity to adjust during the pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

“While festivals and cultural celebrations will be shared through different platforms this summer, we’re committed to investing in these events because they’re important for our mental health and sense of community pride.”

The funds are from the BC Arts Council, an agency of the provincial government and administers grant funding for arts and culture.

Creative Industries Week is from April 12th to 16th.