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City invests $6.1M into 149 Vancouver arts and culture non-profits

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The City of Vancouver announced it has invested $6.1 million into the city's arts and culture non-profits

The City of Vancouver approved an investment of $6.1 million into the city's arts and culture on Tuesday afternoon, April 12.

A total of $6,104,505 will be invested through operating grants into 149 cultural non-profits, a decision "informed and guided by community input," states a City of Vancouver press release.

Seven of these non-profits are receiving this type of funding for the first time, including the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration which received its first operating grant to elevate South Asian youth culture.

WePress, a non-profit offering printmaking workshops and access to equipment and art supplies in the Downtown Eastside, also made the list. 

“Despite the sector-wide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, cultural organizations who received core funding today continue to excel in advancing the City’s goals of contributing to a diverse and vibrant community, and amplifying the voices of creative people, while allowing each of us to see ourselves reflected in our shared stories,” said Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver.

The city invests almost $14 million in grants to local arts and culture non-profits each year.