Several local arts and culture groups will benefit from an infusion of $759,442 in federal government grants.
The announcement ofthe funding was made Thursday at the Rotary Centre for the Arts by James Moore, the federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will be allotted to 11 projects throughout the province under four programs within the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“Our government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that help define our culture and promote our identity,” said Moore. “By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and create jobs and growth throughout British Columbia.”
Local initiatives to receive funding included:
•The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan, $30,300, 2011-12
Chamber Music Kelowna Society, $8,000 for 2012-13 and $8,000 for 2013-14
• Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society, $15,000 for 2012-13 and $15,000 for 2013-14
•APV Publishing Inc (4WD Magazine), $19,152, 2011-12
• Dream Wave Publishing Ltd. (Zamoof!), $42,903, 2011-12.
“The board, artistic directors, and volunteers of the Chamber Music Kelowna Society are very happy to receive this funding, as this allows us to continue our work in furthering a 32-year tradition of bringing some of Canada’s and the world’s top classical musicians to audiences in Kelowna and the Okanagan,” said Derald Oldring, president of the Chamber Music Kelowna Society. “It also allows schools, community groups, music students, and others exposure to these artists through our outreach program.
“This support from the Government of Canada enhances, in a significant way, the cultural life of the community and is a stimulus for our organization to strive for excellence in the musical arts.”