Pair of Peninsula groups pin down provincial provisions

BC Arts Council funding lands in Brentwood Bay and Sidney.

Arts groups across B.C. and two on the Saanich Peninsula received grants from the BC Arts Council this month.

Brentwood Bay’s Community Association and the Saanich Peninsula Community Arts council have nabbed some cash in the latest round of grant announcements from the BC Arts Council.

The provincial Arts Council on March 23 made public its list of grant recipients across B.C. — $7.5 million in all. Two Saanich Peninsula arts groups received a small portion of that pie.

The Brentwood Bay Community Association received $4,500 for a “community project.” The Association is currently raising money for a new outdoor performance stage. They recently received a donation from the Saanich Peninsula Fruit Growers Association for that very project of $10,000. They also got $20,000 from the Central Saanich Lions Club.

In Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula Community Arts Council received an Arts Council grant of $10,323 to help with their ongoing operational costs. The SPCAC runs the Tulista Gallery at its main office in Sidney’s Tulista Park. They also put on annual events such as the ArtSea Festival and Sidney Fine Arts Show.

These latest awards are the result of applications examined through the BC Arts Council’s independent peer-review process between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

— with files from the Province of B.C.

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