The following is excerpted from a release issued by the City of Vancouver.
On January 31, Vancouver City Council renewed its investment in local arts and culture organizations through operating funding and annual assistance funding. $990,850 was committed to five major institutions in Vancouver, and $3,851,800 was granted to 124 organizations.
Council also approved $180,050 from the Public Art Boost of $1.5 million previously approved in 2016 to augment Vancouver's public art activities and increase awareness through new events and projects over 2016-2018. The funds from this portion of the boost will go towards twelve new recommendations for public art projects, ranging from large projections on the façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery to re-wilding urban sites by indigenous artists.
"Arts and culture organizations, and artists across the city rely on funding from the City to bring big ideas, immersive activities and cultural experiences to Vancouverites," says Branislav Henselmann, Managing Director, Cultural Services for the City of Vancouver. "We’re recommending City Council continue its financial support with these important investments, while we work to continue strengthening Vancouver's arts and culture sectors with the launch of the Creative City Strategy."