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BC Arts Council Boosts Surrey Arts and Culture Groups with Grant Funding

May 6, 2016

The Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Minister responsible for TransLink, today announced over $130,000 in operating grants from the BC Arts Council in support of the Surrey Art Gallery ($77,000), Surrey Archives and Museum ($28,000), and Arts Council of Surrey ($26,936).

"In Surrey, our cultural organizations and individual artists provide significant benefits to our city through community engagement that promotes social cohesion and provides substantial economic impact," said Mayor Linda Hepner. "We have seen the tremendous return on investment that public funding can have on arts and cultural groups. That’s why I applaud the continued support of the BC Arts Council as the grants announced today will have an immediate positive impact on arts and culture programming in Surrey."

"Arts and culture are fundamental in the creation of vibrant communities," said Minister Peter Fassbender. "These grants not only provide greater understanding and appreciation of the arts for residents and visitors alike to Surrey, but they also provide greater capacity for these organizations to thrive in our growing city."

"On behalf of the City, I recognize and applaud the great work that our arts and heritage organizations do on a continual basis," added Councillor Tom Gill. "Public funding from the Province, through the British Columbia Arts Council, is essential for maintaining viable and sustainable arts and culture programs and opportunities in Surrey and across BC."

"Access to the Surrey Art Gallery’s exhibitions and events are made available for free as a result of grant funding," said Surrey Art Gallery Association president Jannette Maedel. "These grants enable the Gallery to provide learning opportunities and exhibitions that engage tens of thousands of visitors and program participants, as well thousands of school children from across the Metro Vancouver region and beyond each year."

In 2015-16, the BC Arts Council, an independent agency funded by the Government of British Columbia, provided $24 million to help artists and cultural organizations flourish in communities throughout B.C.

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For media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519 | owlum@surrey.ca