The Charlottetown Arts and Culture Awards honoured three individuals and two organizations for outstanding contributions to the community at a ceremony held in the Art Gallery at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Friday, June 10.
The awards were created to honour Charlottetown’s artistic and cultural leaders – individuals, businesses and organizations – who significantly contributed to the arts and culture sectors in the Capital City. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind award created by Lenny Gallant, owner of Birdmouse. Award recipients in each category also received a cash prize.
"On behalf of the City Council, I’d like to congratulate those who were presented with an award and those who were nominated," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We were so pleased with the variety of nominations received and I believe it speaks volumes about the talent and passion for arts and culture in the capital city."
The selection of 2016 winners was determined by an independent panel appointed by, but separate from, the Arts Advisory Board. The panel is chaired by one (non-voting) member of the Arts Advisory Board.
"It is a privilege for the Arts Advisory Board, on behalf of the City, to recognize these inspiring individuals and organizations," said Mark Sandiford, Chair of the Arts Advisory Board. "Arts and culture greatly contribute to quality of life in our community, and it is great to be able to celebrate these successes."
The 2016 Arts and Culture Awards were presented in the following categories to the following individuals and groups:
• The Emerging Artist Award was presented to Alexis Bulman. Working out of her Charlottetown art studio, Alexis constructs temporary sculptures and installation works that examine maritime life and her space within it. She also produces performative drawings about her experiences with Scoliosis. Bulman’s dedication to her work paid off in 2015 when she attended three artist residencies and received a P.E.I.C.A. Professional Development Grant. Her artwork is featured in two upcoming exhibitions: Art in the Open as a Confederation Centre Art Gallery curated piece and The Images in Our Heads – a group show at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa Ontario.
• The Cultural Industry Award was presented to Alanna Jankov. A successful entrepreneur and business owner herself, Alanna has been the Executive Director of The Guild since 2012. At that time, she set out to keep The Guild a year-round destination, to build community partnerships, and to increase visibility and audiences. As Executive Director of The Guild, it is Alanna’s leadership that has been the major force in revitalizing this unique, much-loved venue as a prime arts centre in the heart of the city.
• The Cultural Industry Award was presented to DiverseCity Multicultural Festival. The DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival celebrates Canadian multiculturalism and it is Prince Edward Island’s largest, family-friendly, free, outdoor Festival. With support from Summerside, Montague and Charlottetown, the Festival showcases the talents and contributions of the Island’s ethno-cultural communities through international foods, activities, games, art and crafts, displays, music and performance.
• The Artistic Excellence Award was presented to Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra. 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary for the PEI Symphony Orchestra. The PEISO, currently under the Direction of Mark Shapiro, is comprised of talented and high caliber musicians from throughout the Maritimes. A key mandate of the PEISO is to ‘provide experience and practical training in orchestral music for Island students’ – a mandate it continues to demonstrate through its program of teaching, scholarship and mentorship within the Orchestra. The Symphony has brought to the stage numerous eminent leaders in the classical and non-classical worlds of music, has performed almost 200 concerts and sold over 140,000 tickets.
• The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Henry Purdy. Henry Purdy is a celebrated Prince Edward Island visual artist and a tireless builder and leader for the arts and culture community. His works are in collections – private and corporate – all over the world. Henry has been highly recognized for his many contributions, including the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and Charlottetown’s Citizen Recognition Award. But his greatest legacy, in the opinion of many, is his role as an educator and teacher. An educator in Charlottetown since the mid-1960’s, Henry continues to guide aspiring artists in weekly painting classes. Hundreds have taken his classes, and, with every student, he is encouraging and positive, gently nudging them toward greater creative expression.
The 2016 Arts and Culture Awards were held as part of the City’s Natal Day weekend activities for the City’s 161st birthday. A full schedule of events is available at: www.charlottetown.ca/natalday.php
Photo cutline: Henry Purdy accepts the Charlottetown Arts and Culture Lifetime Achievement Award. (From left; Award Sponsor representative from RBC Mary MacInnis, Artist – Henry Purdy, Bernie Kenna with RBC, and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.) (Patricia Bourque photo)
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