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Statoil ArtsSmarts scholarship returns for a second year


April 13, 2016 (St. John's, NL) – Statoil has renewed its partnership with ArtsNL in support of the ArtsSmarts grant program and will award the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship for a second year.

The scholarship was established as part of Statoil’s ongoing commitment to arts and culture development in the province and is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador student who has chosen to pursue a post-secondary education in the arts. It supports the ArtsSmarts mission, which is to afford schools and their communities a chance to enhance artistic activities linked to educational outcomes. The desire is to encourage students to develop their intellectual skills through active participation in the arts.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from any high school student throughout Newfoundland and Labrador who will commence first year full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publically funded Canadian university or college in fall 2016.

One scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded and the application is available now through the ArtsNL website. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by 4:30pm, and they can be forwarded to ArtsNL Executive Director Reg Winsor.

“We are so pleased that our partnership with Statoil to benefit ArtsNL’s ArtsSmarts grant program will continue,” says Winsor. “We’re also thrilled that the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship will also be awarded for the second time later this summer. The response ArtsNL received as a result of the scholarship opportunity last year was strong and competitive; we anticipate many quality applications will come forward once again and look forward to managing the scholarship, and awarding it with Statoil.”

Students will be required to complete the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship application form, outline their civic engagement to date through volunteerism, internships, or past work experience, and provide a letter of reference from one of their past or current arts educators.

Applicants are also asked to submit an artist statement describing why they want to become a professional artist,  what their academic and artistic goals are, and which artists or works that they are inspired by.

“Statoil believes that encouraging participation in the arts at an early age will help create lasting value in the local community,” says Gisle Stjern, VP for Offshore Newfoundland. “We’re incredibly proud to support ArtsSmarts again this year for that reason and wish all of the scholarship applicant’s good luck as they prepare for their post-secondary studies.”

Statoil has committed $20,000 to supplement the level of funding available through grants awarded under the ArtsSmarts program itself, as well as to continue with the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship that was established in 2015.

Since inception, the ArtsSmarts program itself has awarded over $1.95 million to 475 projects involving all artistic disciplines province-wide. The program has employed 1,160 artists who have worked with an estimated 80,000 students and 3,900 teachers.  Further information on the ArtsSmarts program can be found here or click here to open the PDF Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship Application Form.

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) 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). ArtsNL 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.