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More than $175K in COVID-19 recovery grants awarded to Prince George arts organizations

Province providing financial relief to struggling sector
Strange Encounters of the Local Mind - Theatre North West
Playwrights on the Theatre NorthWest stage in Prince George. | Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters

Five Prince George organizations are set to benefit directly from some financial relief in B.C.'s arts and culture industry.

The provincial government has announced it's provided more than $194,000 in grants to artists and organizations in the northern region.

The money comes in recognizing arts organizations that have been faced with temporary closures of venues and restricted audience sizes through the COVID-19 pandemic, but have soldiered on.

Of those funds, more than $175,000 will be divided among the following Prince George organizations:

  • $50,000 = Exploration Place
  • $50,000 = Theatre NorthWest
  • $35,575 = Prince George and District Community Arts Council
  • $30,000 = Two Rivers Gallery
  • $10,000 = Method Dance Society

“People in the arts have used their ingenuity to find new ways to keep creating despite the pandemic,” said Melanie Mark, B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, in a news release on Saturday (May 1).

“Artists are so vital to our social and cultural fabric. These grants are empowering artists and organizations throughout B.C. to adapt their platforms so they can continue inspiring us.”

The province says the grants, which have been fully distributed, are made possible via the $5.3-million StrongerBC economic recovery plan.

More than 135 artists and 155 organizations throughout B.C. have received a total of $6.6 million to support their adaptations.