VANCOUVER – As part of a B.C.-wide initiative, The Frank Theatre Company is receiving $20,000 from the provincial government to support the delivery of a local anti-racism project.

The Frank Theatre Company will use the funding to host workshops that share stories and experiences of racism in the LGBTQ community. Funding will also go toward staging the play Ga Ting (Family), and toward hosting workshops after the performance to discuss responses to the play.

“Racism in the community that we serve first and foremost – the LGBTQI+ community – is a huge issue that many people don’t like to discuss,” says Chris Gatchalian, Artistic Producer for The Frank Theatre Company. “Therefore we are eager to address it with community members through the experiential medium of theatre, and hopefully create a path towards healing. We thank the Ministry of International Trade for supporting our initiative.”

The Frank Theatre Company is one of 14 B.C.-based organizations that are sharing nearly $263,000 from the provincial government in the latest round of grants to fund anti-racism projects. These projects include community events, works of art, theatre productions and a variety of other forms of community engagement designed to fight racism.

In November 2015, the B.C. government announced it had provided $240,000 to 14 organizations belonging to the Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) network to support the work they do to address racism in B.C.

British Columbia is Canada’s most ethnically diverse province, with almost 30 per cent of residents having emigrated from another country.