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Langley Arts Council gets $40,000 from Victoria

Will fund track lighting, theatre rigging, and theatre lighting in the LAC’s main hall
Langley Arts Council held a B.C. wide portrait and live painting competition in February. An artist applies finishing touches to a portrait of musician Darryl Klassen at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Centre. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley Arts Council will receive a provincial grant for $40,000 to go towards “arts infrastructure,” for for its theatre and gallery lighting project.

It will allow the council to purchase and install track lighting, theatre rigging, and theatre lighting to the LAC’s main hall gallery and programming space located inside of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center.

“The Main Hall situated inside the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre is the Langley Arts Council’s main programming, exhibition, and events space. This space is an integral part of the LAC’s plan to further expand its programming and events offered to the community, and create an art hub in Aldergrove” says Langley Arts Council’s Executive Director Claire Sarfeld.

The Aldergrove-based Langley Arts Council has a rich history in the community that stretches back to 1968, when it was known as the Langley Arts Society.

The group’s mandate is to encourage the practise of all art forms in the community, and to support artist-run groups, collectives, and businesses within Langley.

The funding was announced last week as part of $4 million in funding distributed across the province to 84 arts and cultural organizations.

The funding can be used for a wide variety of things, including buying specialized equipment, improving safety features, increasing accessibility, or planning and consultation work.

As part of this round of funding, 50 per cent of the money went to rural, remote, or Indigenous communities.

“The Langley Arts Council is such a great resource for artistic expression in the community,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley-East. “This funding under the specialized equipment stream will ensure that even more people can explore the arts!”

“Arts programs give so much to the community and the Langley Arts Council is no exception!” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley.

The Arts Infrastructure Program was established in 2020, and usually distributes $2 million a year. That was doubled in 2021 with an additional $2 million in cash.

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The Langley Arts Council’s home inside of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 and offers arts programming, exhibition opportunities, free community events, and more! To get monthly updates about this space and our programming subscribe to the LAC’s newsletter HERE.

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