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ArtsNL and Statoil announce ArtsSmarts Scholarship winner


September 15, 2015 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL and Statoil Canada are pleased to announce the recipient of the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship today. The scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador high school student who is enrolled for first year full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publically funded Canadian university or college in fall 2015. The scholarship was established as part of Statoil’s partnership with ArtsSmarts and ongoing commitment to arts and cultural development in the province.

“After a competitive review process, it gives us great pleasure to share that Jane Soucy of Gander is being awarded the inaugural Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship,” says Reg Winsor, executive director of ArtsNL. “The scholarship will go towards Jane’s post-secondary education at Memorial University’s School of Music where she has been enrolled to start classes this month. We’re appreciative of our partnership with Statoil to make this scholarship possible, as part of our larger ArtsSmarts partnership with them.”

Soucy’s application demonstrated her strong dedication to learn, apply knowledge, and advance her musical training to become the best performer and arts practitioner she can be. In her civic engagement highlights, Soucy also acknowledged her involvement as an instructor with Kiwanis Music Summer Camp where she taught piano to youth, passing on her skills to the younger generation. She has also spent time teaching at the Entertainment Factory Summer Dinner Theatre and with her local dance studio this past summer where she led 11 classes
in ballet.

Soucy continues to take five hours of dance and two hours each of vocal, piano, guitar, choir, and drama training per week. This is in addition to the advanced academic courses she completed at Gander Collegiate where she achieved exceptional grades. She also volunteers her time with the Special Olympics 2016 Scarf Project, singing at old age homes, charity events, and more.

“Jane’s ambition to succeed as an artist, performer, and educator is inspiring and Statoil is proud that we can contribute to her professional future through this scholarship,” says Gisle Stern, VP for Offshore Newfoundland for Statoil.

Since inception, the ArtsSmarts program itself has awarded over $1.95 million to almost 475 projects involving all artistic disciplines province-wide. The program has employed 1,160 artists who have worked with an estimated 79,925 students and 3,870 teachers. Further information on the ArtsSmarts program and the new Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship can be found at

ABOVE: Reg Winsor, ArtsNL Executive Director, Jane Soucy, Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship
recipient, and Alex Collins, Acting Lead, Communications for Statoil
(Click Image for Hi Res, credit: Joshua Jamieson)

Media Contact:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

Alex Collins
Acting Lead, Communications
Statoil Canada Ltd.
Mobile: (709) 769-8967
Phone: (709) 738-8644

The NLAC is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). The NLAC receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.