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14 local governments receive $132,000 in Creative Communities arts and cultural funding


Vancouver, B.C. - 2010 Legacies Now and the Province of British Columbia are providing $132,000 in Creative Communities funding to 14 communities to invest in developing arts and culture in their regions. This is the final round of funding for Creative Communities, a program that will leave a lasting arts and cultural legacy of the 2010 Winter Games that will be experienced throughout B.C.

Since 2005, the impact of Creative Communities has been felt in all four corners of the province as the Province of British Columbia and 2010 Legacies Now have invested $518,215 into 56 projects in 42 B.C. communities. In this final round of funding, recipients include local governments and arts organizations in regions spanning from Vancouver Island east to Lumby, and from the Lower Mainland north to Fort Nelson. For full details on the most recent recipients, please review the Fact Sheet.

"The Creative Communities program has been an integral component in linking culture and creativity to municipal planning in the Village of Pemberton," said Village of Pemberton Mayor Jordan Sturdy, a recent recipient. "This funding will allow us to develop a community-specific, place-based plan which will identify programs and services that can be developed and improved, and support the development of community partnerships."

Between 2005 and 2010, Creative Communities funding supported local governments and arts organizations to assess cultural resources together with community leaders and develop long-term cultural plans. Through collaboration, they enhanced cultural offerings and found opportunities to use the arts to meet social and economic objectives. Funding was made available in three categories: cultural mapping, cultural planning and cultural tourism strategy.

"Creative Communities builds on the excitement of the 2010 Winter Games by helping communities across B.C. express their unique cultural characteristics," said Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts for the Province of B.C. "By supporting the integration of cultural objectives into municipal planning our arts and cultural sector will continue to see benefits from the Creative Communities program for years to come."

Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now said, "Creative Communities was an innovative program that allowed communities to discover how arts, culture and heritage benefit their region. The result will be felt for years as communities recognize their specific strengths and find opportunities for these strengths to be used for the sector to grow."

Moving forward, 2010 Legacies Now is transitioning away from program delivery to focus on working with innovative not-for-profit organizations to achieve major social change in two areas: sport and healthy living, and literacy and lifelong learning. 2010 Legacies Now will work with these organizations to significantly improve and expand their social reach by providing funding, business planning, strategic advice, mentorship and other support as a venture philanthropy organization.

For more information on the future of 2010 Legacies Now, please visit 2010LegaciesNow.com/moving-forward or . To learn about Creative Communities please visit 2010legaciesnow.com/creative_communities/.

Download the Fact Sheet in PDF



Media Contact:

Karen Lee
Manager, Communications
2010 Legacies Now

About 2010 Legacies Now
2010 Legacies Now is the first organization of its kind that has taken an innovative approach to leveraging the 2010 Winter Games. A not-for-profit society, 2010 Legacies Now works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations, the private sector and all levels of government to assist communities in discovering and creating inclusive social and economic opportunities. More than two million British Columbians in 400 communities and neighbourhoods have benefited from investments made by 2010 Legacies Now, and many of its programs will endure beyond the Games. For more information visit 2010LegaciesNow.com or .

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