The City of Charlottetown is pleased to be hosting the inaugural Arts and Culture Awards as part of the City’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations in June.
The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13 at the Haviland Club with the awards presentation beginning at 7:40 p.m.
"The City of Charlottetown is rich with arts and culture, and these awards will give us an opportunity to formally recognize the world-class artists and artisans in our community," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "We want to continue taking a leadership role as a champion and catalyst for artistic and cultural creativity, expression and innovation. The Arts and Culture Awards will help us do that. We’re looking forward to honouring the vibrant artistic talents of those who were chosen."
The City’s Arts and Culture Taskforce, which was formed when Charlottetown was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2011, reviewed the City’s policy on arts and culture and came up with ways the City can better connect with, grow and promote its arts and cultural community. The Arts and Culture Awards is a legacy of the taskforce and the Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board.
The awards ceremony is being hosted by the City of Charlottetown and the Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board, with support from the PEI 2014 Fund.
The Arts and Culture Awards will be presented in the following categories: Emerging Artist; Artistic Excellence; Lifetime Achievement; Arts and Culture Contributor; Cultural Industry; and Cultural Event.
The selection of 2014 winners is 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.
"The Arts Advisory Board has been very busy planning these first awards," said Spencer Campbell, Chair of the Arts Advisory Board. "It is important for our cultural community, and a privilege for our board to be able to present these awards on behalf of the City of Charlottetown. There is so much talent in this city, and it is such a pleasure to be able to celebrate those who have worked so hard in arts and culture in Charlottetown."
The Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board is overseeing the administration of the awards. The board members are: Spencer Campbell, Chair; Maria Driscoll; Erroll Monkley; John Morris; Claire Nantes; Mark Sandiford; and Darrin White.
Each award winner will receive a one-of-a-kind award created by Matt Bowness, founder of Overman Jewellery & Art.
For a description of the award categories, please visit: www.charlottetown.ca/artawardcatagories.php
About the Arts and Culture Awards:
The awards will honour Charlottetown’s artistic and cultural leaders – individuals, groups and organizations – who significantly contribute to the arts in our community. The inaugural event is being hosted by the City of Charlottetown with support from PEI 2014 Inc. The ceremony is being held during the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations, June 10-15, which is a six-day festival marking the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference of the Fathers of Confederation. For the full schedule of 1864 Week events, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/1864week.php
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