Vancouver approves $7.5 million for 2012 cultural programs and 10,872 sq. ft. of new artist space

April 17, 2012 | Arts and Culture

Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council have protected and expanded support for Vancouver cultural programs with the approval of $7.5 million in 2012 cultural grants.

These grants will support a diverse variety of institutions and programs, ranging from festivals, theatres, museums, galleries and arts facilities to programs supporting visual and media arts, music, dance, and arts education.

“Vancouver is proud to support such a robust and diverse offering of cultural programs in every corner of our city,” said Mayor Robertson. “These cultural programs and institutions support the growth of Vancouver’s vibrant creative economy and the jobs it develops and sustains, and they help us better understand and express our unique character and history as a city.”

The grants will support 164 organizations across Vancouver.

For the full report to Council with details on individual grants, please click here:
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120417/documents/cfsc2.pdf

Last night at a Public Hearing, Mayor Robertson and City Council also approved a development project Drake and Howe which will create 10,872 sq. ft. of new artist studio space. $850,000 has also been secured for operating costs at this new affordable and fully fit and finished arts space, which is anticipated to support the work of at least 20 Vancouver artists.

For further details on the project, please click here (pp. 7-9):
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20120327/documents/p3.pdf