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Gaming grants boost Surrey, White Rock artists’ access to programs

Recipients include Arts Umbrella, Peace Arch Chorus Sweet Adelines
Arts Umbrella architecture teacher Yan Song discusses student Luda Lee’s sketch of a deluxe multi-level home for her cat. (Alex Browne file photo)

Young artists in Surrey will be among those benefiting from $18.2 million invested in arts and culture by the provincial government.

According to a news release, the Community Gaming Grant funding has been allocated across B.C., to organizations including Arts Umbrella.

The non-profit centre – with locations in South Surrey, Surrey and Vancouver – received $225,000 to provide free community programming for young artists in dance, theatre and art and design.

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Senior director of programming Susan Smith Alexander described the funding as “critical” to its efforts to provide nurturing, stimulating and inclusive community programming completely free of charge to over 6,500 deserving young people each year.”

“This stable funding helps us to plan with confidence and inspire children and youth who otherwise would not have access to quality arts programming,” she said in the release.

Similar grants will increase community access to programs at more than 650 organizations across B.C., the release notes.

According to a report of payments April 1 through Sept. 20, 2023, other Surrey-White Rock area recipients include Surrey Firefighters Pipes and Drums Society ($7,500), Peace Arch Chorus Sweet Adelines ($3,500), Arts Council of Surrey ($30,000) and Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society ($20,000).

Tracy Holmes

About the Author: Tracy Holmes

Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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