Five arts organizations are receiving a combined $250,000 through the Government of British Columbia’s International Presence funding in 2016-17.

These grants will provide the opportunity for more than 70 B.C. artists and arts organizations to connect with more than 60 international presenters and curators from over 20 countries. This investment aims to increase international awareness of and exposure to B.C. artists, culture, creativity and innovation.

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has said that “B.C.’s outstanding artists and arts organizations deserve a spotlight on the international stage. By investing in key projects, we are helping artists throughout B.C. build global relationships, thereby strengthening our creative economy.”

Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek has said that “Art is a medium that can transcend language and cultural barriers. By supporting British Columbia’s artists, we are not only establishing ourselves on an international level, but empowering future artists to pursue their dreams. I would like to congratulate the five organizations receiving funding and thank them for their contributions to B.C.’s art sphere.”

Norman Armour, artistic and executive director, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has said that “Connecting with the international community is a crucial step in an artist’s career. With support from International Presence funding, the PuSh Assembly will showcase an exciting range of B.C. works, groups and individual artists to 30 contemporary arts curators from around the world, forging important new relationships and raising the profile of our dynamic arts scene.”