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Coquitlam Heritage Society wins cultural grant from Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is distributing $300,000 to regional arts and cultural organizations to establish new programming for wider audiences.
Markus Fahrner, the heritage manager for exhibits at Coquitlam's Mackin House Museum, visits the nearby CP Rail caboose.

The Coquitlam Heritage Society is among 55 arts and cultural organizations splitting $300,000 in grants from Metro Vancouver.

The organization that runs Mackin House Museum in Maillardville received $2,500 from the regional district today (Aug. 17).

The funding, up to $10,000 per project, aims to help groups research and create new cultural programs, reach new audiences and cover staffing.

"This year's regional cultural project grant recipients are representative of a local arts community that is increasingly diverse and culturally rich," said Sav Dhaliwal, chair of the Metro Vancouver board of directors, in a news release.

"I am delighted that Metro Vancouver is able to offer even more support for a sector that provides so much enjoyment and benefit to our residents and visitors."

Typically, Metro Vancouver hands out $150,000 annually in cultural grants.

However, the program cash was doubled for 2022 as the agency used a part of its provincial COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant for Local Government funding.

Groups receiving the highest amount ($10,000) are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Arts Umbrella
  • DanceHouse
  • Massey Theatre
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
  • Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre
  • Vancouver Opera Association

"Metro Vancouver's regional cultural grants program continues to play an important role in sustaining the vitality of Metro Vancouver's arts and culture community," added Lisa Muri, chair of Metro Vancouver's regional culture committee.

"This was particularly true during the pandemic, which created new challenges for the arts and culture community, but there has always been a need to support creative and innovative ideas by new arts and culture organizations as well as established ones."

Metro Vancouver received 106 applications from cultural groups, requesting a combined total of nearly $950,000 for proposed projects.