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BC150 Years Local Museum Project Funding Announced

by NationTalk on October 30, 20071021 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0048-001385
Oct. 30, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

VICTORIA – Thirty-nine local museums and heritage organizations across the province will receive funding through the BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities local museums program, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen.

“This funding will help some of the smaller local museum and heritage organizations in British Columbia tell their community’s unique story,” said Hagen. “The focus of BC150 Years is to celebrate, at the community level, the many people, place, events and achievements that have made British Columbia the great province it is today.”“Through the BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities program, local museums and heritage organizations will be able to leverage this funding to create total projects worth more than $1.6 million,” added Hagen.

Each grant matches up to 50 per cent of the project’s cost, to a maximum of $10,000. In order to receive funding, the projects were asked to align with one or more of the Province’s five pillars for BC150: heritage, communities, Aboriginals, multiculturalism, and arts and culture.

“Response to the BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities program from the museums, heritage and visual arts community was immediate and diverse,” said BCMA executive director Jim Harding. “We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the proposed projects and the BC Museums Association is very pleased to be able to support so many projects in so many different communities around the province through this program.”

Projects include “We Did That! Inventions & Innovations,” an exhibition by the Railway and Forestry Museum in Prince George, a look at coal and the creation of Tumbler Ridge by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation and a multi-cultural exhibit and programming entitled “Migration and Growth” by the Oliver & District Heritage Society.

BC150 Years is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858. Every community in B.C. is invited to participate in this year-long celebration of B.C.’s cultural diversity, community strength and widespread achievement.

B.C.’s 535 museums, art galleries and heritage institutions employ more than 2,600 staff and 8,000 volunteers, attracting more than seven million visitors every year. The provincial government invests more than $4 million annually in grants to museums across the province. In addition, government provides more than $12 million in annual funding to the Royal B.C. Museum.

The British Columbia Museums Association, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, provides a unified voice for the B.C. museum and gallery community and serves “to foster the preservation, interpretation and appreciation of, and access to, all aspects of British Columbia’s heritage.”

For more information on this and other BC150 Years events and programs, please visit www.bc150.gov.bc.ca.

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Media contact:

Don McDonald
Communications Director
Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts
250 356-9869

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