Edmonton Arts Council Announces Arts Awards Recipients

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Edmonton Arts Council Announces Arts Awards Recipients

April 5, 2011
Edmonton Arts Council Announces Arts Awards Recipients

Edmonton – The Edmonton Arts Council today announced the recipients of the 2010 Cultural Diversity in the Arts Awards and the 2010 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Awards during a presentation and reception at City Hall.

The Cultural Diversity in the Arts Awards Program, now in its third year, awarded 7 awards of $7,500 to encourage and support Edmonton artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. The recipients in this program come to Edmonton from countries around the world, and demonstrate a strong dedication to continuing their artistic practice in their new home.

The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund, established in 1997, provides awards of $7,500 to invest in emerging and established Edmonton artists, allowing them a concentrated period of time to devote to their artistic work. Funds may support artistic renewal, a change in the direction of the artist’s career, work with an artistic master or the creation of new work.

“We are pleased to be able to invest in Edmonton’s artists with these awards,” said John Mahon, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. “Communities everywhere are realizing just how much arts and culture contribute to innovative, healthy and humane places to live. “

Bios for each artist are available on website here:  http://grants.edmontonarts.ca/media_award_recipients/. Please contact us for images of each artist.

Recipients of the 2010 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award

Trevor Anderson: Trevor Anderson is an independent filmmaker and musician whose short films have screened at numerous international film festivals.

Tim Bowling: Tim Bowling is the versatile author of nine poetry collections, three novels and two works of non fiction.

Linda McBain Cuyler: Linda McBain Cuyler is a visual artists who combines paint, fabric and heavy machine stitching to create rich, textural work inspired by nature.

Drew McIntosh: Drew McIntosh is a documentary filmmaker and collaborative artist who also founded Solidarity Rock, a group building connections and support between independent music scenes in Western Canada, the US and Cuba.

aAron munson: aAron munson is a filmmaker who has created twenty-two experimental films over the last six years, exploring the fine qualities of working with film while incorporating the use of other visual mediums.

Cam Neufeld: A long-time fixture in the Edmonton music scene, Cam Neufeld has played his own style of fiddle music in clubs and festivals across the prairies and around the world.

Kristine Nutting: Kristine Nutting is an independent theatre artist who writes, produces and performs large scale theatre shows.

Ben Sures: Ben Sures is a singer/songwriter who has won numerous songwriting contests and produced Canada Live Concerts for CBC Radio.

Eryn Tempest: Eryn Tempest is a contemporary dance-artist whose focus in movement is to practice embodiment and intention through improvisation, contact dance, and contemporary technique.

Recipients of the 2010 Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award

Macha Abdallah: Macha Abdallah is eighteen-year-old triple threat with talents in singing, dancing, and modeling.

Korapin Chaotakoongite: Korapin Chaotakoongite is a photographer whose work is often documentarian style, depicting the places, people and culture she encounters during her travels.

Da Wei Chen: Mr. Chen performs Cantonese opera and has received numerous awards as performer, director and script writer in China.

Jean-Claude Kamov: Jean-Claude Kamov is a singer, composer and song writer who is also currently director of the Congolese Choir of Edmonton.

Constantino Lucila: Constantino Lucila is a dancer with a background in classical ballet, modern ballet, Philippine folk and ethnic dance, and jazz.

Yukari F. Meldrum: Yukari F. Meldrum is a Certified Translator, teacher and writer.

Valeriy Semenko: Valeriy Semenko is a graphic artist whose work has appeared in numerous exhibits across Europe.

More information about the Cultural Diversity in the Arts Awards Program can be found here:
http://grants.edmontonarts.ca/eac_grants_-_grants_and_awards_for_individual_artists/grants_awards_for_individual_artists_-_cultural_diversity/
      More information about the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Program can be found here:
http://grants.edmontonarts.ca/eac_grants_-_grants_and_awards_for_individual_artists/grants_awards_for_individual_artists_-_edmonton_artists’_trust_fund/

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