Province grants fund Island artists
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, January 9, 2017 – Artists from across Prince Edward Island have been awarded $100,000 through the provincial arts grants program.
The Arts Grant program gave grants to 32 artists in the following disciplines: crafts, film and media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, writing and publishing. The next round of funding for arts grants is expected to be announced later this year.
“Government is happy to help fund the varied work our Island artists contribute to our community,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “Our province has a vibrant and fast-growing arts community that enriches the cultural experience for Islanders.”
Successful applicants were selected by a 12-member jury of their arts community peers, which is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of the Arts. Approximately 90 artists applied for the grants by submitting their application to the arts community liaison officer prior to last November.
“We are really happy to support so many artists doing such interesting and vital work within their disciplines. Our community will certainly be enriched by this investment in their practices,” Arts Community Liaison Officer Michelle MacCallum said. “Our jury members did an amazing job and had to make some challenging decisions about which applications they could support. Our PEI arts community is lucky to have so much talent.”
The full list of successful applicants will be included in a final report after contracts are administered.