Arts Council gets $7,500 grant

Provincial government chips for programming at Cranbrook and District Arts Council

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council is receiving a $7,500 Community Gaming Grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development.

Helen Duckworth, administrator, Cranbrook and District Arts Council, said the arts council is grateful to be receiving the grant which provides money for basic costs.

“(It) allows for the continued administration time required to organize programming,” Duckworth said. “This programming allows the community not only to connect with local arts and culture, but also helps strengthen community bonds and a sense of community spirit.”

According to the provincial government, 42 recipients across B.C. will share more than $1.3 million in the latest rounds of grants.

“This organization does so much to improve the community’s access to the arts, and this grant is intended to do the same thing,” Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA, said. “These funds will support the ‘Artrageous Gallery,’ which showcases and celebrates the fine work of our local artists.”

Duckworth also noted that there are some exciting upcoming programs, including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, the Strawberry Tea Party Fundraiser, the Art in the Park Event on Aug. 24, a mixed media workshop with Eileen Gidman, an introductory pottery course with Sonya Rokosh, Funtastic Singers drop-in classes, and much more.

Full details of the CDAC’s colourful programming is available at its Facebook page,, and members are updated frequently about art and culture events. To become a member, visit the CDAC office at room 104, 135 10th Avenue South, call 250-426-4223 or email