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Powell River Film Society and qathet Art Council receive provincial funding

Two qathet-area arts organizations will benefit from provincial arts infrastructure funding, including the qathet Art Council, which will receive $25,000 for consultation and planning, and the Powell River Film Society, which will receive $18,945. $ for specialized equipment.

When contacted by the Peak, Karen Kamon, president of the qathet Art Council, said the organization does not receive regular funding from the province, but hopes to receive some in the future. Funding from the 2021 to 2022 grant will help support circular economies through arts and culture in the community, according to Kamon.

“This is extremely important to us as it helps support our activities, including a youth show, artist exhibitions, bursaries for workshops and free and accessible programming,” she added.

Kamon said there are a number of artistic and cultural opportunities coming up for May, including the opening of registration for week-long summer art camps in July and August on .

As for the film company, executive director Gary Shilling told the Peak provincial money will replace Patricia Theater server and the sound processor that drives the projection.

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MPP Nicholas Simons said more people will benefit from improved arts spaces and facilities thanks to the continued support of artists across the province.

“The people of the Sunshine Coast are proud of our local arts and culture scene and want to see it continue to thrive,” Simons said in a press release. “These grants will help preserve and enhance our arts spaces, so we can enjoy them for years to come.”

The press release stated that through the arts infrastructure program, a total of 84 arts and culture organizations will share $4 million in grants. The program provides grants to arts and culture organizations to develop and enhance spaces that support BC arts and culture practitioners. Eligible activities include planning and consultation and capital improvements, such as improving security features, increasing accessibility or purchasing specialized equipment.

In April, the BC Arts Council released its Foundations Extension: Action Plan 2022-2024, which marked a shift in focus in how the council provides funding to respond to calls to action for reconciliation, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, according to Liberation. In keeping with these commitments, 50% of grants from this recent round of arts infrastructure funding went to organizations in rural or remote communities, or those led or rooted in Indigenous communities and deserving of equity.