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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Artists receive Creative Nova Scotia Awards

Artists Receive Creative Nova Scotia Awards

Key Takeaways:

  • Nova Scotia’s artists encourage expression and creativity, provide new perspectives, and contribute to positive cultural change. 
  • Each year, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards honor a select few artists, highlighting their artistic excellence.

“I am thrilled with this year’s award recipients and wish to congratulate them all,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage. “The arts are an important part of Nova Scotia’s rich culture and heritage, as well as a major component of the province’s diverse economic growth.” One way we can show our support is to champion the diverse range of artists that we are fortunate to have in our province.”

Catherine Anne Martin, an independent, international award-winning film producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and filmmaker, received the Portia White Prize. They are from Truro’s Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community and received $18,000 as part of the award.

Natalie Gloade, their chosen protege, received an additional $7,000 in prize money. She is the late Mi’kmaq activist/warrior Madeline (Nora) Bernard’s daughter. Ms. Gloade has established an art and healing space at her mother’s house to carry on Nora’s inspiration and spirit in her community.

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This year, seven significant awards will be given to 12 artists and one organization, including the inaugural Black Artist Recognition Award. Shauntay Grant, a poet, playwright, author, and multimedia artist from Halifax, received the $5,000 prize. Wonder’neath Art Society, a Halifax-based artist-led organization, received a $10,000 Creative Community Impact Award.

Michelle Sylliboy, a Boston-based award-winning author and interdisciplinary artist raised on her traditional L’nuk territory in We’koqmaq, Cape Breton, received the $5,000 Indigenous Artist Recognition Award.

The $5,000 Prix Grand-Pre Award was presented to Jacques Blinn, Guyaume Boulianne, and Eric Dow, musicians and co-owners of Productions pour le Peuple. An entirely Francophone Acadian music production company based in Baie Sainte-Marie, Digby County.

Zeqirja Rexhepi, a visual artist from Halifax, received the $5,000 Established Artist Recognition Award. Mr. Rexhepi immigrated to Canada in 1999 from Kosovo, where he trained as a visual artist. His murals and paintings are well-known.

Four winners won the $5,000 Emerging Artist Award:

  • Carrie Allison, Halifax, visual artist
  • India Gailey, Halifax, cellist/composer
  • Francesca Ekwuyasi, Halifax, writer/multidisciplinary artist
  • Dawn Shephard, Sambro, contemporary circus

Source: Novascotia News

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