BC Arts Legacy
The BC Arts Legacy Fund provides an annual grant or grants for local artists, preferably involving young or emerging artists, to create or perform a work of art. As a way to ensure that this Arts Legacy funding benefits artists working in all disciplines, the granting focus changes each year, rotating among music (2021), dance (2022) theatre arts (2023), literary arts (2024) visual arts (2025) media arts (2026). Applications are received and adjudicated during Osprey’s Community grants cycle.
In the 1990s, Nelson hosted the BC Festival of the Arts, a showcase and workshop for young and emerging artists from across British Columbia. In receiving the privilege of hosting this event together with the accompanying financial assistance from the provincial government, the local host organizing committee agreed that any profit generated by the festival would be turned over to the City of Nelson as a legacy to be used for a purpose consistent with the festival objectives.
The City of Nelson subsequently agreed to endow the BC Festival of the Arts Legacy proceeds with the Osprey Community Foundation for the purposes of providing an annual grant for local artists, preferably young or emerging artists, to create or perform a work of art. Osprey has supplemented the original endowment with matching funds from the Vancouver Foundation and the Columbia Basin Trust.