Arts grants applications now being accepted
Prince Edward Island artists are invited to apply for the fall 2018 round of arts grants.
Applications for funding can be submitted online at Arts Grants Program for three types of grants: creation, dissemination, and professional development. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 24 at 4 p.m.
“Island artists make a vital contribution to our unique culture and help to tell the story of our people and our way of life,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “Over the last three years we have provided $250,000 to support artists and their projects through our arts grants and we look forward to seeing the applications during this round of funding.”
“Since we introduced this grant program for Island artists in 2016, our cultural experience on Prince Edward Island has been enriched,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. “Although we are a small province, exceptionally vibrant arts and culture offerings are one of the things that make us the Mighty Island, and our provincial government is pleased to continue supporting the work of our artists as they enhance our communities.”
Successful applicants are selected by a six member jury of their arts community peers, which is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of the Arts. $50,000 is available in this round of funding.
Monica Lacey was one of the artists that received funding in the previous round of arts grants earlier this year.
“The PEI Arts Grants program provides Island artists with crucial support,” Lacey said. “The impact on my own career has been significant over the years through the receipt of a number of these grants. Having this support, particularly in the creation of new work, sets the circumstances in which I can concentrate and produce new ideas. For me as a professional artist, this program is absolutely essential.”
A key item from the Culture Action Plan is to support Island artists in creating and disseminating their work. The action plan will see over $1.45 million invested to support culture in the 2018-2019 provincial budget.