(Columbia Basin) – Over 140 arts, culture and heritage projects—including the Columbia Basin
Culture Tour—have received a total of $706,000 in funding support for the 2017-18 season through
the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

“It’s exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the
Trust funding through the CKCA. It’s also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are
artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding
for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very
pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts
and culture community across the region,” said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from
community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and
group projects, master classes, touring, major exhibitions and heritage projects.

“From our community museums to the local performers who entertain us, those working in arts,
culture and heritage help give character to our region and preserve its past,” said Michelle
d’Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting them means supporting
the broader culture that so many of us enjoy.”

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts
disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. For a
list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at or call 1-877-505-7355.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the
residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.