Local projects receive funding from artsVest program

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A quartet of Southwest projects recently received funding from the artsVest Program.

artsVest Saskatchewan is a sponsorship training and matching incentive program developed by Business for the Arts and delivered in Saskatchewan with funding from Canadian Heritage and the Government of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

Last month, the local projects were included in a group of 32 organizations that were pre-approved for funding.

The Swift Current Southwest Cultural Development Group Inc. – The Lyric Theatre received the third highest grant in this round of funding, receiving $18,000 from the artsVest Saskatchewan Program. The Windscape Kite Festival received $13,000, The Art Gallery of Swift Current was granted $12,000, and Blenders Events Inc. received $5,000.

artsVest Saskatchewan assists small to medium-sized arts and culture organizations in the development of new and mutually-beneficial partnerships with local businesses through matching incentives and free sponsorship workshops. Following a jury process and a review of 41 applications, 32 organizations were pre-approved for funding.

“We are delighted to welcome these 32 arts and culture organizations as part of the artsVest™ program renewal in Saskatchewan and look forward to celebrating the results,” Business for the Arts President and CEO Nichole Anderson said.  “The success of the program in the province is a tremendous indicator of business support and interest in partnering with the local arts community.”

In the second year of the pilot program, business participation increased by more than 10 per cent from year one, for a two-year total of 421 business partnerships being established in Saskatchewan. The two-year pilot program resulted in more than $2.4 million of financial support for the arts and culture sector and brought money into local economies. In May, artsVest Saskatchewan was extended for another two years with renewed federal and provincial funding.

“The artsVest Saskatchewan model is one that both business and cultural organizations are buying into in a big way,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “The pilot was so successful, we renewed the program for another two years.  There is an enthusiasm in this province based on our growing economy, sense of optimism and quality of life and the artsVest partnership model fits very well with this new spirit.”

For more information on the program, visit www.artsVest.com.

Organizations: Swift Current Southwest Cultural Development Group, Lyric Theatre, artsVest Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current

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