Maestra Paula DeWit conducts members of the White Rock Community Orchestra, who have been funded by the city to produce a ‘virtual performance’ online. (File photo)

Maestra Paula DeWit conducts members of the White Rock Community Orchestra, who have been funded by the city to produce a ‘virtual performance’ online. (File photo)

White Rock funds cultural activities moved online by COVID-19

Museum, community orchestra receive production grants

White Rock council has approved two grants-in-aid for online activities aimed at helping keeping arts and culture alive in the city during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

White Rock Museum and Archives has received $5,000 for production of an online version of a historical walking tour of the city, conducted by archivist Hugh Ellenwood.

The White Rock Community Orchestra – which traces its roots in the city back more than 40 years – has received $3,000 for the creation of a promotional video performance by the orchestra.

For the recording, director Paula DeWit plans to follow the current trend of combining online contributions from individual musicians to create a virtual ensemble.

READ ALSO: Semiahmoo Peninsula singer joins voices with vocal partner to form virtual choir

Both grants, approved unanimously by council, came forward to council as recommendations from the city’s grants-in-aid committee, chaired by Coun. David Chesney.

Council, however, also agreed to put another request for a similar project – initially recommended by the committee – on hold until the committee’s next meeting in the fall.

Peninsula Productions had requested $3,500 from the city for camera equipment to assist in creating an online version of the group’s ongoing program of staged play-readings at its ‘black box’ theatre in Centennial Park.

But Chesney suggested that the grant request be returned to the committee for clarification, after noting that the total cost of the equipment package was $6,272.

“When originally proposed to us (as a) late grant for $3,500, it was not indicated that this was a portion of the purchase of equipment,” Chesney told council. “In the past when we have made purchases of equipment – i.e. sound and lighting for the ‘black box’, we had the caveat that that material we were purchasing would actually remain the property of the City of White Rock.

“I wanted to have the same addendum put on to the camera (request) but it appears it is only a portion of the camera – this makes it difficult for the city to say ‘we’ll take half the camera’, so I’d like to send this back to the next meeting for further discussion.”

The amount for all three requests – totalling $11,500 – comes within the remaining arts and culture grant-in-aid budget of $12,299, which had been boosted by $2,000 allocated for two White Rock Players Club galas which did not take place, due to the closure of the theatre due to COVID-19.

The club also anticipates that it will not hold a gala in the fall, which would release another $1,000 to the budget.



alex.browne@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Arts and cultureWhite Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Photo: MOSAIC/Facebook)
Organization receives $10K from B.C. government to tackle racism in Surrey, White Rock

Funding to go toward forum for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary. March 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Reports of student attendance ‘dwindling’ at Surrey schools: teachers’ association

STA president said he’s heard from staff that students might not attend in-person for 4th quarter

Sports broadcaster and 30-year high school football coach Farhan Lalji. (Image via farhanlalji.com)
Farhan Lalji chats about the new B.C. high school sports governance proposal

Lalji, a 30-year high school football coach, thinks the new proposal will be bad for student athletes

Delta character - and former White Rock resident - Pansy May Stuttard inspects a loaded revolver in the cover photo for Jim Dwight and Gary Cullen’s fascinating biography, Lord don’t want me Devil won’t take me. Contributed photo
West Coast’s ‘Pistol-packin’ Pansy’ lives on in colourful biography

Infamous Delta character ended her days in White Rock and South Surrey

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

The Attorney General’s Ministry says certain disputes may now be resolved through either a tribunal or the court system, pending its appeal of a B.C. Supreme Court decision that reduced the tribunal’s jurisdiction. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Court of Appeal grants partial stay in ruling on B.C. auto injuries

B.C. trial lawyers challenged legislation brought in to cap minor injury awards and move smaller court disputes to the Civil Resolution Tribunal

An Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island (XRVI) climate change event in 2019 saw a large crowd occupy the Johnson Street bridge. Black Press File Photo
‘In grief for our dying world’: B.C. climate activists embark on 4-day protest

Demonstrators will walk through Vancouver for the first two days before boarding a ferry Sunday morning

Most Read