Arts council seeks support

Summerland Community Arts Council wants to get away from a dependence on grants.

The new board of the Summerland Community Arts Council wants to find a solution to its dependence on grant funding.

But the board will still apply for funding as it is available.

Sue Gibbs of the 11-member board, said board will look at how it can become less dependent on the funding.

“Right now it’s tough for everybody,” she said.

In the past, the arts council has faced uncertainty about the funding.

Last year, the funding was $25,000 — a significant portion of the $65,000 budget.

In recent years, there has been a growing degree of uncertainty about the money and grants which were once consistent are no longer guaranteed.

Gibbs said the province had earlier established stringent regulations so the money would go to children’s projects.

This policy was later changed.

“They’ve reinstated the money,” he said.

“They have again made adult arts groups eligible to apply for the grants.”

While the arts council has identified a problem with the grant funding structure, Gibbs said the council is now in the process of putting in requests for funding.

The board for next year sees David Finnis a president and publicity coordinator, Sharry Schneider as vice-president, Stan Etter as treasurer and past president and Karan Bowyer as secretary.

Members at large are Bev Gneo, Daniel Croft, Linda Beaven, Stephen Prowse, Gibbs, Claire Tamang and Albertine Meyer.


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