The Victoria Arts Council received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Arts and Music in recognition of its work in creating a connected and inclusive community.
Created in recognition of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, the award recognizes individuals, groups and organizations across the province who have demonstrated leadership, creativity, community involvement or exceptional commitment to encouraging and mentoring others in the visual arts, music or performance. .
“There is no doubting the substance and continued benefit to the community that the Victoria Arts Council has provided since 1968,” Patricia Bovey, who nominated the group for the award, said in a statement. “With equity, inclusion and the power of art at the forefront, the council acts as a thread woven through the cultural fabric of the city.”
VAC is one of 17 organizations and 11 individuals from British Columbia to receive the award. The VAC plans to use the award to add to its endowment fund held with the Victoria Foundation. The endowment was launched in 2019 with a bequest made by an VAC member and funds from the endowment ensure VAC’s continued success as an active, community-focused arts organization.
The award includes up to $5,000 for individual recipients and up to $15,000 for organizations based on nominations received, according to the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s website.
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