Twenty-one arts and culture groups in the Tri-Cities scored community gaming grants from the province this week.
The biggest windfall was awarded to the Société francophone de Maillardville, which organizes the annual Festival du Bois at Mackin Park. The organization received $89,000 while the Coastal Sound Music Academy Society took in $49,000.
Other Coquitlam groups that received gaming grants were: Theatrix Youtheatre Society ($38,000); Coquitlam Heritage Society ($29,500); Phoenix Vocal and Performing Society ($16,325); Les Echos du Pacifique ($10,000); and Canadian Parents for French — Tri-Cities ($1,000).
In Port Coquitlam, the biggest cheque was cut for the Westcoast Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, at $14,000, followed by the Maple Leaf Singers ($9,900); the CDMF Performing Arts Festival Society ($7,500), of which former PoCo city councillor Michael Wright is the president; Gallery Singers Society ($6,000); Art Focus Artists’ Association ($3,600); and the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society, which has a museum in Leigh Square ($2,500).
And eight organizations based in the City of the Arts took in gaming grants, with the educational society DreamRider Productions reaping the largest chunk at $65,000. The Inlet Skating Club of Port Moody collected $61,700 followed by the Port Moody Arts Centre ($33,500); Port Moody Heritage ($28,000); Golden Spike Days ($23,000); Creative Dance Association ($10,500); Tri-Cities Community TV ($5,000); and Yarilo Contemporary Music ($4,000).
For this grant round, the provincial government distributed about $18.3 million to 700 non-profits in B.C. to support visual and performing arts, literature, festivals and Indigenous and cultural programs.