Arts Council receives grant funding

The Summerland Community Arts Council has received more than $12,000 from the B.C. Arts Council.

Danny Evanishen and Karan Bowyer prepare to move supplies from the Summerland Community Arts Centre’s location on Main Street. The arts centre will have space in the new cultural centre

Danny Evanishen and Karan Bowyer prepare to move supplies from the Summerland Community Arts Centre’s location on Main Street. The arts centre will have space in the new cultural centre

The Summerland Community Arts Council has received more than $12,000 from the B.C. Arts Council.

Dan Ashton, MLA for the riding of Penticton, announced the grant of $12,160 on Thursday.

The funding is part of a total of $78,704 in grant funding to organizations in Penticton and Summerland.

Other recipients were the Penticton and District Arts Council, the Penticton Art Gallery and the Penticton Museum and Archives.

“Strong communities have a strong arts scene and these organizations are great contributors to the good life in Penticton and Summerland,” Ashton said.

“The South Okanagan is rich in artistic talent and these grants will help to develop new and emerging artists.”

The funding comes from the $24 million the B.C. Arts Council received from the province to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2015 to 2016.

For this year, the province is spending more than $60 million on artists, arts and culture organizations.

This includes around $17.5 million in community gaming grants.