Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes congratulated a key local arts and culture organization that applied successfully for recent BC Arts Council funding.

The BC Arts Council grant approved for Cariboo North between Feb. 1 and Mar. 31, 2015 is $19,000 for the Island Mountain Arts Society.

“The Island Mountain Arts Society has promoted art appreciation in the community of Wells for over 35 years,” says MLA Coralee Oakes, who is also the cabinet minister responsible for arts and culture in the Province of British Columbia. “The Songs, Circus and Action project gives youth the opportunity to learn about three unique art forms, introducing them to new avenues for creativity.”

The Island Mountain Arts Society is a non-profit organization based in the community of Wells. The society serves to stimulate and enhance artistic, cultural, and economic development through the arts, by offering workshops, seminars, and exhibitions, and supporting the ArtsWells festival.

The grant will support the Songs, Circus, and Action project, which consists of the three workshops for youth focused on song writing, circus acts, and filmmaking.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million BC Arts Council received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2014-15.

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