WELLS – The Island Mountain Arts Society, Sunset Theatre Society and Maeghan R. Watkinson have received $33,200 in BC Arts Council funding.

The Island Mountain Arts Society has received $15,200 to design and implement a development plan.

The Sunset Theatre Society has received $13,000 to create a new production of Hamlet and other original works.

Maeghan R. Watkinson of Quesnel has received a $5,000 scholarship.

“The arts contribute to economic development and add to our quality of life here in Cariboo North. This funding helps organizations and individuals continue to create and share their art,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at the Island Mountain Arts Society and Sunset Theatre Society and congratulations to Ms. Watkinson.”

The B.C. government is providing $24 million again this year for the BC Arts Council –  the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the government is investing $60 million in B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-16.

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, The BC Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists and arts administrators to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has provided more than half a billion dollars for arts and culture in B.C.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at bcartscouncil.ca.