In the past week many community arts education nonprofits for children in BC, including several of our member schools have had some of their support from the BC Government Gaming funds restored. As announced at the end of March by Premier Christy Clark, the BC Government added $15 million back into the funding pool. This has been welcome news this past week for many BC arts education groups that work with the youth of BC on a daily basis.
The past two years have been very difficult for the Arts in BC with the cancellation of many government funding programs while at the same time an erosion of funding from the private sector caused by the economic downturn. Hopefully this increase in funding is a trend that continues and better days lie ahead for the arts community in BC.