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New Program to Provide $200,000 to Engage Aboriginal Youth in the Arts in B.C.

by mlappi on December 18, 2013925 Views

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2013

New Program to Provide $200,000 to Engage Aboriginal Youth in the Arts in B.C.

Brentwood Bay, B.C. – A new pilot program will provide funding to British Columbia’s Aboriginal youth to engage in the arts, a vital aspect of defining and expressing identity. The BC Arts Council is providing $200,000 in funding to support the Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts Program, which will be delivered by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC).

“Although we have always supported multi-generational projects we are pleased to be able to offer communities this additional support, specifically for engaging our youth in the arts,” said Tracey Herbert, Executive Director of FPCC. “Each year, our Arts Program receives more requests for arts funding than we can grant. Programs like this can have a very meaningful impact on the health and well-being of youth in our communities.”

The $200,000 in new funding will be directed to projects that connect youth with established artists through community-based workshops and collaborations in any artistic discipline. This pilot program is meant to encourage youth, aged 15-24, to participate in creative and artistic activity, support youth cultural identity and a sense of place, improve the quality of life for youth, and contribute significantly to youth participation in local arts and cultural economies.

“Artistic and cultural practices are vital to communities. Youth engaged in the arts will build upon the highly successful Aboriginal Arts Development Awards by enhancing the opportunities for youth. As the leaders of the future, youth can play a key role in arts and culture projects in communities throughout British Columbia. The BC Arts Council is pleased to be partnering with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to deliver this important program,” said Stan Hamilton, Chair of the BC Arts Council.

Proposals are being accepted from First Nations and arts and culture organizations until March 17, 2014. Priority will be given to projects that implement new, targeted youth engagement arts activities, especially in underserved, often remote reserve communities.

Detailed guidelines and application materials for the Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts Program can be found on the FPCC website at www.fpcc.ca.

The Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts program is one of three programs being offered under the umbrella of “Creative Youth Initiatives” funded by the B.C. Government. The BC Arts Council is offering $1.6 million; the BC Touring Council is offering $200,000.

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About the First Peoples’ Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is a B.C Crown corporation with the mandate to support First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts, cultures and heritage. FPCC has distributed more than $22 million to B.C. Aboriginal communities over the past 23 years. For more information, please visit
www.fpcc.ca

About the BC Arts Council
The BC Arts Council, government’s lead agency for arts funding and development, supports arts and cultural activity in communities across British Columbia. From professional dance companies, to art galleries, local museums and music festivals – the Council works to enrich the lives of British Columbians in virtually every community in the province. The BC Arts Council has been providing funding for 17 years to FPCC to deliver the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards grant program.

Media Contact:
Megan Lappi
Communications Manager
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council
(250) 652-5952 ext. 214

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