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Arts Council accepting applications for Member Grants

The Whistler Arts Council is calling for applications for 2004’s Member Group Grants.

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The grants consist of $1,500 of Provincial government funding for groups or organizations that are current members of the Whistler Arts Council and are pursuing arts and culture projects that reflect the council’s goals and mandate.

The amount of each grant will depend on the amount of applications received, with the average grant ranging from $300 to $1,000.

The Council will give priority to established non-profit societies, but other groups are also encouraged to apply. Eligible projects include: professional development workshops for amateur or professional writers, artists and performers, assistance with programming/productions in the performing or literary arts, art exhibitions, purchases of project materials such as sheet music, and other project related costs such as venue/equipment rental and artists/performer fees.

Not eligible for funding are general operating expenses, deficits or equipment purchases.

The applications will be reviewed by a committee.

The Arts Council has been distributing the Member Group Grants since 1993.

2003 recipients were the Whistler Writers Group and the Whistler Film Festival Society.

Other past recipients include the Whistler Children’s Chorus, Whistler Public Library, Howe Sound Music Festival, Between Shifts Theatre Society, and Whistler Photographic Society.

The deadline for application has been set for 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. For more information and or to obtain an application form contact the Whistler Arts Council at 604-935-8419.

Bizarre Bazaar entry deadline in two weeks

Speaking of Arts Council entry deadlines, the deadline for applications to exhibit at December’s Bizaare Bazaar Artisan Market is coming up quick on August 13.

The 16 th annual arts and craft market is expanding to two days this year, Friday, December 3 – Saturday, December 4 and will feature over 100 vendors from throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor. It’s an excellent opportunity to add some handcrafted local items to Christmas gift lists.

The event will once again take place at the Telus Conference Centre.

Contact the Arts Council for more information.

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