April 27, 2016 - 12:00 PM
PENTICTON - The En’owkin Centre in Penticton is receiving $27,500 from the B.C. government 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.
The En’owkin Centre is a leading Indigenous creative hub that promotes creation, presentation, language revitalization and business development. Funding will go toward upgrading space and equipment to further the overall artistic objectives of the organization, as well as its contribution to the local creative economy.
“The arts and culture teachings at the En’owkin Centre have always been so inclusive, and now the centre has a chance to become an even greater contributor to our region’s economy,” Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said.
Collaborative arts spaces are an important contributor to B.C.’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.
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 provincial government 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.
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