Arts scholarships open for B.C. students

BC Arts Council Scholarship program is ready to receive applications now from young British Columbians

Are you a B.C. resident attending a full-time fine arts degree or diploma program this fall? The BC Arts Council Scholarship program is ready to receive applications now from young British Columbians seeking world-class opportunities to study the arts, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes announced last week.

The BC Arts Council (BCAC) provides scholarship funding of up to $6,000 per individual per year to outstanding British Columbia art students.

B.C. residents accepted for full-time studies and pursuing a fine arts diploma or degree at a recognized college, university, institution or academy in any country in the world can apply. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.

For more information, guidelines and application forms, go to: http://bcartscouncil.ca/guidelines/artists/youth/scholarship_awards.html

The B.C. government is providing $750,000 again this year for the BCAC scholarship program. Last year, 144 young British Columbians shared this scholarship funding. Applications represented creative writing, music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts, museology and conservation. Jury panels representing B.C.’s arts and culture community evaluate applications and award scholarships.

Scholarship recipients experience top-calibre learning environments for the arts, including The Julliard School in New York City, Yale University, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Hochschule for Musik in Munich, Germany, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Last year’s successful applicants represented communities across British Columbia, including Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Kelowna, Armstrong, Revelstoke, Kamloops and Prince George.

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes – says, “Arts and culture are thriving in British Columbia. B.C.-based artists achieve global accolades on stage and screen, in the printed word and visual arts. The BC Arts Council Scholarship program helps sustain this success by providing outstanding opportunities for ambitious, gifted young British Columbians to learn from and network with the best artistic talent in the world.”

In 2012-13, the B.C. government increased support for the BCAC Scholarship program from $150,000 to $750,000. This funding increase almost tripled the number of scholarships awarded and increased the maximum grant from $4,000 to $6,000.

Every year, the BC Arts Council approves about 1,000 grants to artists, arts groups and cultural organizations in over 200 communities in every region of the province.

Learn more about the BC Arts Council at: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca