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Kamloops Arts Council aids local artists with a variety of grants and scholarships

KAC supporting the community.
Kamloops Old Court House

One of the primary goals of the Kamloops Arts Council is to support the art community in all possible ways. With that in mind, the KAC offers several grants and scholarships to local artists, art groups, and art students to help support their artistic endeavours, whether that be for purchasing supplies or for continued education in artistic fields.

Two of the scholarships offered by the KAC focus on post-secondary studies; the Julia Appley-Mitra Scholarship awards two scholarships of $500 each to graduating Kamloops students who are going on to study arts. This scholarship has been granted to students studying all over Canada from our local Thompson Rivers University to the renowned Vancouver Film School all the way to the University of Toronto.

Similarly, the Kristina Benson Art Scholarship is awarded to a current or prospective student pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts and design fields. Recipients of this scholarship will receive $250 for demonstrating “eagerness, determination to succeed in their field, and a passion to intuitively create.”

If you’re no longer a student, then the Kamloops Arts Council Grant may be for you. This grant can be used as a tool to further an artist’s education as the above scholarships, but can also be used towards supplies or the promotion of art. The Kamloops Arts Council Grant is open not only to artists but to art organizations as well. For example, just last year the Kamloops Music Collective received $1,000 to debut the Kamloops New Music Festival, which endeavoured to “celebrate the innovative ways musicians are creating and sharing music within the community.” The festival offered a variety of music-based workshops, covering topics such as creating musical scores from scratch to building your own synthesizer.

Of course, there are several instances of the grant being awarded to local artists as well. Wendy Weseen, who you’ll be able to catch in the KAC’s show SMALL//works, running November 19 to December 22, received $700 for material to aid in the creation of her collection “as wise as nature’s wings,” and multiple artists have received funds for continued education, whether that be for TRU’s Actor’s Workshop Theatre or for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, to name a few.

Whether you’re a painter, a writer, a musician, a thespian, or simply a creative, the Kamloops Arts Council hopes to support all artistic pursuits for many years to come. For more information on the above-mentioned scholarships and grants, including how to apply, please visit or contact Tanya Neilson, Executive Director by email at or by phone at 250-372-7323.