RAD grants kick off

ARTS DISTRICT: | First workshop for Rotary Arts District funding program is Sept. 17.

The banner program is one of the Rotary Arts District’s regular programs.

The banner program is one of the Rotary Arts District’s regular programs.

The Arrowsmith Rotary Club is gearing up for the 2016 Rotary Arts District grant process with both a fundraiser and an application workshop.

This is the third year the Rotary Arts District has handed out grants to arts organizations and individuals.

“It’s primarily around elevating local and external recognition of the arts district—so what brings people to this area of town,” spokesperson Theresa Kingston said.

“Part of what we’re looking at in general is inspiring community pride and…contributing to the revitalization of uptown.”

In 2015 the arts district handed out nine grants, among them Art Matters and Art Rave, Portal Players Dramatic Society for a Seussical Musical ticket promotion, Main Artery for Art Link magazine and the Young Professionals of the Albern Valley for the tsunami commemorative pillar project, which will be erected at Kingsway Avenue and Argyle Street later this month.

Anyone interested in applying for a Rotary Arts District grant must attend one of two informational workshops. The first takes place Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The second on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 4–6 p.m. at Echo.

“They’ll learn about the application itself. This really makes it simple,” Kingston said. “The approach is to make people successful and take away the stress.

“It’s also about brainstorming with…people who you may not have thought about before.”

The program is not restricted to charitable or non-profit organizations. Individuals, organizations and even businesses may apply.

Funds are raised primarily through the annual Arrowsmith Rotary Wine Festival as well as additional fundraisers.

Application workshops are free, but pre-registration is required by calling Echo Centre at 250-723-2181.

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