The first-ever Charlottetown Arts and Culture Awards honoured three individuals and three organizations for outstanding contributions to the community at a ceremony held at the Haviland Club on June 13.
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. The inaugural event was hosted by the City of Charlottetown, with support from PEI 2014 Inc.
"On behalf of the City of Charlottetown, I’d like to congratulate those who were presented with an award, along with those who were nominated," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The nominees and award winners are the reason our City has vibrant arts and cultural sectors. The work that they do, and the passion they show for their creative work or the creative work of others, is outstanding and has a major impact on our City in a positive way. We’re pleased to be able to highlight their commitment and contributions to Charlottetown."
The selection of 2014 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 tremendous people and organizations," said Spencer Campbell, Chair of the Arts Advisory Board. "Arts and culture adds so much to our community, and it is great to be able to celebrate these successes."
The 2014 Arts and Culture Awards were presented in the following categories to the following individuals and groups:
• The Emerging Artist Award was presented to Monica Lacey. She has been working full-time since 2011 and, during that time, she has produced high-quality work as a visual artist. She is being recognized as a significant up-and-coming artist on PEI.
• The Artistic Excellence Award was presented to Donald Fraser for overall, exhibited artistic excellence. He has made a significant contribution to his respective disciplines, and his leadership, innovation and creativity has had a positive influence on the City of Charlottetown. Donald Fraser is the Music Director at the Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Charlottetown Festival. He has been the Director of the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus and Adult Choir, and has a tremendous list of accomplishments in his career.
• The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Denis Larocque, an individual who has made significant contribution over his lifetime to arts and culture in the community. He has been a fixture in the music industry in Charlottetown for more than 40 years. He has been a guitarist, teacher, and a builder of custom instruments that are recognized as works of art themselves.
• The Arts and Culture Contributor Award was presented to This Town is Small. The award recognizes a demonstrated commitment to the support of arts and culture in the community. To win this award, This Town is Small’s support had to be evident through volunteer work or significant financial patronage of the arts. This Town is Small is a successful artist-run centre that has been providing art events, hosting artist talks and other special events, and is a crucial contributor to the contemporary arts community.
• The Cultural Industry Award was presented to Island Media Arts Co-op. The award is designed to recognize the demonstrated commitment of an individual, group or business that has made an economic contribution towards a cultural industry in the community. This may include showcasing talent through any number of artistic disciplines or contributing directly to the cultural industries in some form. As a long-standing resource for independent film makers and videographers, Island Media Arts Co-op provides workshops, production assistance, equipment rentals and more.
• The Cultural Event Award was presented to Art in the Open for the group’s development and presentation of an event that contributes to the arts and cultural development of Charlottetown. To receive this award, Art in the Open had to engage residents and visitors within the City’s limits, and contribute to a greater appreciation of the quality of life in Charlottetown. Established in 2011 as a Cultural Capitals of Canada event, the Art in the Open event has grown into one of Charlottetown’s most important cultural events, creating opportunities for artists and raising the profile of contemporary art in Charlottetown.
The 2014 Arts and Culture Awards were held as part of the City’s 1864 Week Anniversary Celebrations, which began June 10 and continue until June 15. A full schedule of other 1864 Week events can be found at: www.charlottetown.ca/1864week.php
About the inaugural Charlottetown Arts and Culture Awards:
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 Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board oversees 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 received a one-of-a-kind award created by Matt Bowness, founder of Overman Jewellery & Art.
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