Arts council funding supports local expressions of art

A scene from the show Little Brother, Little Sister put on by the Caravan Farm Theatre near Armstrong.
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VERNON - Two local cultural venues are getting a little boost from the B.C. Arts Council to put toward offering arts and culture to the community.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery Society was awarded $14,550 to support the 2015 Okanagan Print Triennial. The display will be shown in collaboration with the Kelowna Art Gallery. The exhibition of projects from artists will be held at the Vernon Public Art Gallery March 19 to May 21, 2015. It was first displayed in 2009 and since then has been scheduled to be shown every three years. A solo show for the 2012 winner Mitch Mitchell will be held at the the Kelowna Art Gallery April 11 to June 28, 2015.

In Armstrong, the Bill Miner Society for Cultural Advancement has been awarded a $20,000 grant to build a hay and horse barn and support performances and programming at the Caravan Farm Theatre.

The theatre has been active for 36 years as a professional outdoor company based on a farm 11 km northwest of Armstrong.

Funding for both comes from a $24-million fund the B.C. Arts Council received from the province to support artists, arts, activities and culture in 2014-15. The recipients are chosen through a peer review process, independent of government.

A list of recipients and information on B.C. Arts Council grants is available through the council's website.

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