Robin Dupont, participant in the 2017 Columbia Basin Culture Tour, firing ceramics in a hand-built kiln. (Submitted)

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2017-18 funded projects

More than 140 arts, culture and heritage projects received a total of $706,000 in funding.

More than 140 arts, culture and heritage projects — including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour — have received a total of $706,000 in funding support for the 2017-18 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

“It’s exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the Trust funding through the CKCA. It’s also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts and culture community across the region,” said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Chair.

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, touring, major exhibitions and heritage projects.

“From our community museums to the local performers who entertain us, those working in arts, culture and heritage help give character to our region and preserve its past,” said Michelle d’Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting them means supporting the broader culture that so many of us enjoy.”

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts.

For a list of funded projects, download the CKCA funding PDF at http://bit.ly/2zHYoT0 or call 1-877-505-7355. Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin.

To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

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