SURREY – Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt congratulates the Surrey Arts Hub for receiving $40,000 as part of the 2015-16 Collaborative Spaces pilot project, which encourages innovation and partnership between arts organizations through the sharing of space and specialized equipment.

“It is vital that we nurture creative talent at the local level,” said Hunt. “The creative sector of our economy is thriving and this funding will encourage more and more artists to reach their potential.”

Collaborative arts spaces are an important contributor to British Columbia’s growing creative economy. These creative clusters (or “hubs”) are mixed-use, flexible spaces that blend educational, recreational and cultural engagement uses to generate new artistic opportunities, enhance accessibility and strengthen local economies.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the Collaborative Spaces pilot project. Dynamic and innovative space usage assists with artistic creation and expression, and also supports the creative people who drive the B.C. Jobs Plan. The B.C. government is proud to target $1.5 million towards creative spaces, clusters and co-locations over three years. These arts and culture organizations will now have even greater capacity to help drive B.C.’s creative economy.”

The proceeds from this grant will create space for engaging the next generation of creative youth workers through programs, outreach and mentorship activity.

By infusing funds into targeted projects, the Collaborative Spaces pilot project is intended to expand their audience reach, range of programming opportunities or shared administrative services through the renovation of spaces and/or the purchase of specialized equipment.

The Province will invest $1.5 million in collaborative spaces opportunities over three years, as part of the new Creative Economy Strategy.

Further details about the 2016-17 Collaborative Spaces program will be released in June 2016. This program will include an open call for applications to qualifying not-for-profit arts and culture groups throughout the province.

Quick Facts:

  • Launched in February 2016, the three-year Creative Economy Strategy will help grow the creative sector.
  • The strategy focuses on four key areas:
  • Leveraging talent and creative clusters.
  • Accessing new markets.
  • Maximizing investment.
  • Enriching communities.The United Nations has identified the creative economy as one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors for income generation, job creation and export earnings.
  • With 24,800 artists, B.C. has more artists per capita than any other province.
  • The B.C. Government is spending more than $60 million on artists, arts and culture organizations in 2015-16, including about $17.5 million in community gaming grants.

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