Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 2010 legacies now

Vancouver, B.C. (April 26, 2006): 2010 Legacies Now is awarding $20,000 to the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation in Tumbler Ridge through its Arts Now program.

?Arts Now creates opportunities for artistic legacies filled with imagination and inspiration for communities across British Columbia,? said Marion Lay, President, 2010 Legacies Now.

?From winter festivals, to community planning, Arts Now celebrates and encourages artistic expression in all its forms. Our aim is to enhance and showcase British Columbia?s artistic and cultural community, leading up to 2010 and beyond.?

The funding is part of an investment of over $600,000 in 58 organizations and 27 communities across the province, bringing the overall total investments so far from Arts Now to over $2 million in 54 communities around the province to help increase capacity in the arts and further engage British Columbia in cultural activities.

?Through Arts Now and other programs, our government is helping communities expand their artistic capacity,? said Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Olga Ilich. ?Starting with the arts, we can build a culture of innovation and creativity that can permeate every facet of society. This not only builds more liveable, diverse and tolerant communities ? it strengthens tourism, attracts investment and helps communities diversify their economic base.?

?We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world and the Artist Camp will help to raise awareness for our pristine wilderness,? said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. ?The funding for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation will ensure that their carefully collected historical items will be properly preserved.?

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation will receive $20,000 towards acquiring the knowledge of an archivist to properly prepare and store collected documents, articles, photographs, as well as to teach Foundation volunteers correct archival procedures so that they may continue the process into the future.

As a division of 2010 Legacies Now, Arts Now?s mission is to strengthen and enhance the creative capabilities of organizations and communities. Arts Now works to partner with organizations to increase British Columbia?s capacity for artistic expression now and in the future.

2010 Legacies Now is a not-for-profit society that works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all levels of government to develop sustainable legacies in sport & recreation, arts, literacy, and volunteerism. 2010 Legacies Now actively assists communities discover and create unique and inclusive social and economic opportunities leading up to, during and beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games. For more information please visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com.

Arts Now funding applications can be found on the 2010 Legacies Now website at www.2010LegaciesNow.com, or by calling 604-659-1400. The deadline for the next round of applications is June 15, 2006 (Catalyst) and June 30, 2006 (Innovations).

ibuckley@2010LegaciesNow.com

Lead Organization: Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation

Initiative Title: Archiving

Program: Catalyst Mentorship/Consultancy

Amount Awarded: $20,000

Initiative Description: Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation will acquire the knowledge of an archivist to properly prepare and store collected documents, articles, photographs and to teach Foundation volunteers correct archival procedures so that they may continue the process into the future.