The Harrison Festival Society will receive grant funding to help fund iconic activities like the Harrison Festival of the Arts. (File Photo/Vickie Legere)

The Harrison Festival Society will receive grant funding to help fund iconic activities like the Harrison Festival of the Arts. (File Photo/Vickie Legere)

Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison arts orgs get grant funding

Province announced more than $12 million for arts organizations across the province

Arts organizations in Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Chilliwack will receive recovery funding to support the local arts.

The province announced the following funding from the Reslienccy Supplement Funding Grants to local arts operations:

– The Harrison Festival Society: $16,500

– Kent-Harrison Arts Council: $16,500

– Chilliwack Museum and Archives: $25,600

The Seabird Island Band and the Chilliwack Community Arts Council will each receive a $30,000 Arts Impact Grants.

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Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon stated arts organizations are a crucial part of cultures across B.C. that need to be supported.

“It’s great to know this funding will give Seabird Island Band, the Harrison Festival Society, and the Kent-Harrison Arts Council a boost so that they can continue to enrich our lives through arts and culture programming,” Paddon stated.

There was a total of $12.4 million in one-time funding distributed to the B.C. Arts Council, $7.9 million of which went to 300 organizations in the form of resilience supplements. These supplements are meant to assist programs impacted by the pandemic and range between $15,000 and $60,000 in gran funding. The remaining $4.5 million tops up the existing Arts Impact Grant program. This program helps organizations provide needed aid to priority activities, such as the Harrison Festival of the Arts with the Harrison Festival Society.

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“There is no shortage of amazing arts organizations and artists in British Columbia, and we know that the pandemic created significant challenges for them,” said Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter These non-repayable grants will help these organizations with recovery plans, including programming they may offer or new equipment and infrastructure they may need.”


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