The Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation has awarded more than $6,000 in bursaries to help 18 young performers.
Formed in 2012 to mitigate financial barriers to children’s participation in performing arts, the foundation helps fund activities such as music lessons, dance, acting, musical theatre, band and more. Bursaries for travel and conference fees are also available for students wishing to further their education.
According to Foundation president and founding member Olivia Boudreau, talented young performers are often left out in the cold when it comes to chances to develop their talent, particularly when compared to young athletes.
“Cutbacks in school music and arts programs have reduced the opportunities for our young people even further,” she said. “And families are having to balance numerous demands on household income.”
In the group’s first three years, bursaries have been awarded to a broad spectrum of artists, from preschoolers registering for introductory classes, all the way to accomplished teens.
“We have some remarkable and highly deserving performers in Cowichan. However, demand continues to exceed our financial resources,” Boudreau said, noting that the total amount requested for the latest round of funding was over $10,000.
“We are exceptionally grateful for the continued support of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan and all of our private donors as we endeavour to grow and strengthen our organization.”
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