The Vancouver Foundation has announced it will donate $800,000 to arts and culture groups this year, double the funding it contributed last year to that sector.
“Vancouver Foundation is stepping up to the plate,” said CEO Faye Wightman in a press statement. “We’re doing what we can to fill the need created by the recession in 2009, and the recent round of belt-tightening by the provincial government. We know in particular that many arts and culture groups are experiencing a real financial strain.”
This week the B.C. Liberal government announced gaming funding would focus on youth culture and no longer go to "adult" groups. In addition, its recent budget reduced funding to the B.C. Arts Council by an estimated 53 percent from 2008-09. The government's standing committee on finance had recommended restoring that core funding to 2008-09 levels after a drop in the 2009-10 budget.
As reported by the Straight last fall, the Vancouver Foundation released a study called "Weathering the Storm" that found smaller arts groups had been particularly hard hit by the recession and that those organizations predicted things would get worse in 2010.