Cultural Fund

Cara_Graden_CulturalFundMaking Arts and Culture Accessible for Children and Youth in Kamloops

Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund (BBCF) was established in 2005 to help support, develop and nurture creative growth for Kamloops children and youth.

In 2005 the committee identified the concern that increasingly more families are less able to afford “extras” such as fine arts programs.

Annual awards will range up to $250 per child.

Funds cover the cost of programs, events or workshops, such as music, theatre, dance and arts in Kamloops.

The BBCF supports children and youthbetween the ages of 5 and 18 years who are in need of financial assistance.

This fund continues to grow through community support and participation in the annual CFJC TV Boogie the Bridge which is held in April each year in downtown Kamloops.

For more information contact Cara Gates at 205-828-3611 or cgates@kamloops.ca

Applications are found on the City of Kamloops web site: www.kamloops.ca on the Arts and Culture page.

2018 Charities

Kamloops Brain Injury Association

The Kamloops Brain Injury Association has been working since 1986 to empower brain injury survivors to live rich and full lives.

We work directly with survivors and their families, work directly with schools in the Thompson Nicola region to teach kids, and our members take part in many activities within our community.  In the coming year, we are starting to work with people on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum, in addition to people with traumatic brain injuries. Through all of these different facets we are working to make the invisible, visible –  reaching out to our community and letting them know that we’re here to help.

The funds that Boogie with provide us with will go towards activities such as:

  • One-on-one life skills support
  • Advocacy
  • Family and caregiver support
  • Facilitated support groups
  • Education and prevention

With the help of Boogie the Bridge, we’ll be able to get our message of help out to a number of people who we may not have otherwise been able to reach.

Interior Community Services – Kamloops Early Language & Literacy Initiative 

The Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative (KELLI) provides early literacy information, programs and events for families with children from birth to age 5 in Kamloops. The primary program we offer the community is the Parent-Child Mother Goose program® (PCMGP), which is a group experience for parents and their children. The focus is on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories and is offered in elementary schools, alternative education sites, senior care homes and non-profit organizations. We also coordinate and implements four family events yearly (International Children’s Day, ABC Family Literacy Day, Family Literacy Night and the Mother Goose/Teddy Bear Picnic) that bring the early years community together to celebrate the importance of spending quality family time together while participating in literacy rich activities.

We bring awareness to and promote the importance of early oral language, and the crucial role of the parent and/or family in the early years. All of the programs and events we offer focus on parent education by trained facilitators in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. We look to empower parents to ensure their children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten with strong pre-literacy skills. Based on research these children will earn more, lead healthier lives, be more likely to vote, volunteer, and get involved in their communities. (Decoda 2014)

The funds from the CFJC TV Boogie the Bridge 2018 will be used to provide Mother Goose programs for families with young children. There is nothing more important than the bond between parents and children. The program builds on this essential relationship and gives parents the tools that make daily life with a young child more fulfilling. Our goal is to have programs in most Kamloops neighbourhoods by partnering with local, senior care homes, libraries, community centres, and non-profit organizations.