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Arts & Heritage Awards Nominees Celebrated


June 15, 2010 – Approximately 100 people gathered at Magnus Theatre on this evening to celebrate 26 individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Thunder Bay’s cultural sector. Nominations were submitted across 10 categories ranging from various Arts and Heritage disciplines to Cultural Organizations and Businesses.

Building on the success of the former Chronicle-Journal Prizes for Arts & Heritage, the City’s Recreation & Culture Division introduced five new categories to recognize the important role that individuals, organizations and businesses play in supporting the cultural sector, along with the awards for excellence in specific disciplines awarded in previous programs. Ten awards were presented, varying from cash prizes of $1,000 to stunning works of art by regional artists including Christian Chapman, Klaus Rossler, Linda Brown, and Evelyn Konrad.

Mayor Lynn Peterson was pleased to see such wide support for the local cultural sector and the dedication of cultural professionals in the community. “Thunder Bay has a wealth of local talent that our City should be very proud of, demonstrating the importance of culture in the sustainability and vibrancy of our community”, said Mayor Peterson. “With initiatives under way such as the waterfront development at Prince Arthur’s Landing, in which culture will be strongly embedded, and the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan, we can surely see the impact that culture will have on our landscape in years to come”.

Some of Thunder Bay’s most talented and creative youth were celebrated in the Emerging Youth Artist Category, with this year’s award going to Brandi Fiala, a student at Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute.  Fittingly, the award for Visual Art was presented to Brandi’s art teacher, Keith Ailey. The Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, The Painted Turtle, and The Chronicle Journal were among the businesses rewarded for their creative originality, community involvement, and support for the local cultural sector.

Leah Bayly, Supervisor of Cultural Services & Events, was thrilled to honour the citizens, groups, and businesses that have been so imperative to the enhancement of the cultural sector in Thunder Bay. “Every nominee and recipient we have honoured tonight is extremely deserving of this recognition for the vital role they play in our community.  Thunder Bay’s cultural sector is thriving and we look forward to many more years of excellence and support worthy of celebrating”. 

Profiles of all nominees and award winners can be viewed at www.thunderbay.ca/cultureawards.

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Contact: Callie Hemsworth - Cultural Development Officer, Cultural Services & Events 625-3791 chemsworth@thunderbay.ca

FACT SHEET


June 15, 2010 – Awards were presented in 10 categories to the following recipients:

  • Visual Art – Keith Ailey
  • Performing & Media Art – Lee Chambers
  • Heritage – Thunder Mountain Singers
  • Cultural Organization – Willow Springs Creative Centre
  • Emerging Youth Artist – Brandi Fiala
  • Cultural Educator – Christie Parry
  • Cultural Supporter – Fran Loney
  • Cultural Business – Ahnisnabae Art Gallery
  • Large Business – The Chronicle-Journal
  • Small Business – The Painted Turtle Art Shop

Profiles of all nominees and award winners can be viewed at www.thunderbay.ca/cultureawards.

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Contact: Callie Hemsworth - Cultural Development Officer, Cultural Services & Events 625-3791 chemsworth@thunderbay.ca