Finalists Announced for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
Ontario Marks Achievements of Artists and Arts Organizations
Ontario is celebrating the twelve finalists for the 2014 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
The award recognizes extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2014 laureates will be announced at an awards ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 16 in Toronto.
This year's finalists are:
IAIN BAXTER&, Windsor
Joël Beddows, Ottawa
Christi Belcourt, Espanola
Jane Bunnett, Toronto
Keith Campbell, North Bay
Lee Maracle, Toronto
|Art Gallery of York University, Toronto|| |
Blyth Centre for the Arts, Blyth
Debajehmujig Storytellers, Wikwemikong
International Festival of Authors, Toronto
Red Sky Performance, Toronto
Dance, Theatre, Music
Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury
Supporting artists and arts organizations is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.
- The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts program is administered by the Ontario Arts Council and recognizes exceptional achievement in the arts in Ontario.
- The winning artist receives $35,000 and selects a new or emerging artist, who receives $15,000. The winning arts organization is awarded $50,000. The remaining finalists in both categories each receive $2,000.
- Any Ontario resident may nominate an artist or arts organization for the awards.
- The culture sector generates more than $22 billion annually for Ontario’s economy and supports more than 300,000 jobs.
- The province is home to almost 57,000 professional artists.
“The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts recognize the outstanding contribution of artists and arts organizations in Ontario. I am proud of this year’s accomplished finalists who brighten our province with their creations and inspiring work.”
“Congratulations to all the finalists for this year’s Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Each of them has made outstanding contributions to our province’s vibrant artistic and cultural landscape. We are delighted to recognize their achievements, and proud of our continued partnership with the Ontario government on this special initiative.”