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Record level BC Arts Council budget for 2013/2014

Last month, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett announced that the BC Arts Council (BCAC) will receive a budget of $24 million in 2013-14. This represents the highest level of funding in BCAC history. The funding includes $5.25 million for BC Creative Futures, a recently announced three-part strategy to support sustainable, long-term success for the province’s creative sector.
With this significant new investment, BCAC has the opportunity to review funding levels for its core programs, including annual operating assistance. BCAC will ensure that BC Creative Futures funding, combined with the current core programs, will contribute to arts and culture in communities across British Columbia. All $24 million will be delivered through the BCAC’s established peer-review process, ensuring fair and accountable decision-making.
With funding from BC Creative Futures, BCAC will support new and expanded programs that will enhance youth engagement in the arts. Through innovative Creative Youth Initiatives and increased funding for existing programs such as Artists in Education and Artists in the Classroom, there will be additional opportunities for BC’s established artists to share their experience and expertise with the next generation of creative British Columbians. Council will also be increasing resources to support exceptional students pursuing arts degrees or diplomas, and emerging artists seeking job training through internships, mentorship and apprenticeships.
“The BC Arts Council is pleased to be receiving a record level of funding for 2013-14. This investment will enable council to expand its support to the many talented BC artists and arts and culture organizations. We are proud to be taking a lead role in BC Creative Futures and provide opportunities for BC artists to share their creativity with future generations,” says Stan Hamilton, BC Arts Council Chair.

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