Through the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Pivot for Individuals program artists can apply for a grant for things such as modifying a dance piece for a smaller audience or learning new skills, such as video editing. Photo by ShareGrid/Unsplash.
Through the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Pivot for Individuals program artists can apply for a grant for things such as modifying a dance piece for a smaller audience or learning new skills, such as video editing. Photo by ShareGrid/Unsplash.

The British Columbia Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport has earmarked $500,000 for a new grant program to assist professional artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators adapt to the challenges faced due to COVID-19.

Artists can apply for a grant for such things as modifying a dance piece for a smaller audience, learning new skills, and supporting professional development, including mentorship or training. In a media release, the Ministry says through the BC Arts Council’s new program, artists can apply for up to $12,000 to learn new skills or adapt their practices under the pandemic’s current realities.

“Together with the arts sector, we are working hard to make sure that dancers, writers, painters and other artists can continue being resilient and finding innovative ways to keep creating through COVID-19,” says Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport in a media release. “We’re building on our support for arts and culture in British Columbia by helping artists adapt their work, ensuring our province has a strong creative industry to enjoy when the pandemic is over.”

The new Pivot for Individuals program is available to professional artists and cultural workers, including dancers and choreographers, visual artists, writers, actors, multi-media artists, and arts administrators.

“As an independent artist myself, I know how daunting it is right now. This new program will be so welcome by artists trying to maintain their practice,” says Pat Henman, theatre artist and BC Arts Council member in the release. “These grants offer financial support for professional artists who are vital to our communities and our economy.”

Applications are open until February 16, after which the BC Arts Council will adjudicate and award the grants in early spring 2021.

Visit bcartscouncil.ca for more information and to apply.