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ArtsNL announces Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations 2016 grant recipients

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $150,000 to 19 professional arts organizations from across the province through its Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO).

The AOPPAO is available to professional not-for-profit arts organizations in all artistic disciplines. Grants support the costs involved in operating the organization, and creating, presenting or producing artistic works including artist and technician fees, venue rentals, administration cost, and travel expenses.

Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary peer assessment committee. Some of the organizations that have received funding this session include Perchance Theatre at Cupids, The March Hare (Corner Brook), Cape St. Mary’s Arts, Friends of Writers at Woody Point (Norris Point), and the Labrador Creative Arts Festival (Happy Valley-Goose Bay).

“This program supports professional arts organizations as they develop and produce new artistic and creative works, plan and coordinate nationally renowned festivals, and offer professional development and networking opportunities for our artists,” said ArtsNL executive director Reg Winsor. “The arts organizations receiving these grants stretch across the island and into Labrador. The work they do grows and develops the culture of our province, and engages our artists with artists and audiences from across Canada and around the world.”

ArtsNL receives an annual contribution of $1.9 million from the Provincial Government for granting programs, program delivery, operations, and communications.  

Media enquiries:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
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jjamieson@nlac.ca

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 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.

Annual Operating Grant for Arts Organizations
Grant Recipients 2016

Total awarded: $150,000
Total grants: 19

Winterset in Summer Inc.
Eastport
$8,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support the 2016 Winterset in Summer Literary Festival in August 2016. Held annually in Eastport, Winterset in Summer promotes the rich literary culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. This year's program will feature the BMO Winterset Award winner Sara Tilley as well as finalists Stan Dragland and Leslie Vryenhoek, past Giller Award nominees Lynn Coady, Will Ferguson and Elizabeth Hay, emerging writers Shannon Webb-Campbell and Meghan Greeley, and songwriters Kat McLevey and Katie Baggs. There will also be a discussion of the Beaumont Hamel battle with writer Frank Gogos and sculptor Morgan McDonald, a screening of the film Newfoundland at Armageddon followed by discussion with producer Barbara Doran, a presentation of the play The Door You Came In,a painting workshop with Scott Goudie, and a series of children’s writing workshops with Dawn Baker in Terra Nova National Park.

White Rooster Theatre
St. John's
$7,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
White Rooster Theatre’s 2016-17 season will focus on the development and production of Clever Girls I: Kate Crackernuts by Baptiste Neis and Kristi Friday. A devised theatre piece for young audiences, this show will be developed in a creative storytelling workshop process using puppetry, projected images, creative movement and music to explore this Scottish fairytale. A tour of the show presented last year, Hunger by Meghan Greeley, is also in discussion for presentation in partnership with the provincial Arts and Culture Centres.

Labrador Creative Arts Festival
Happy Valley - Goose Bay
$10,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The 41st Labrador Creative Arts Festival will explore the theme of resilience in stories about life in Labrador. Students will explore resilience under the guidance of visiting artist mentors to create new plays, songs, and visual artwork that express their interpretation of the role resilience played in shaping the people of Labrador, and Canada.  Visiting artists this year include author and storyteller Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, writers Anna Swanson, Kate Story, Diane Carmel Leger, storyteller Dave Paddon, aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen, songwriter Ian Sherwood, the band Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, aboriginal artist Ursula Johnson, Mik’Maq writer and storyteller Shalan Joudry, actor Nancy Kenny, and theatre professor Dr. Jamie Skidmore.

Lawnya Vawnya
St. John's
$7,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support Lawnya Vawnya VI - a five day exposition of art and culture in downtown St. John's. Lawnya Vawnya strives to present some of the most innovative independent art from St. John's and across Canada. Lawnya Vawnya will also present panel discussions, workshops, and multidisciplinary art.

Lady Cove Women's Choir
St. John's
$8,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
For its 2016-17 season the Lady Cove Women’s Choir will open with For the Boys, a concert to commemorate the loss of the many young Newfoundland men at Beaumont Hamel. The choir will also travel to Edmonton to perform at the Canadian Choral Conference. Joining forces with some of the country's finest musicians and artists, including Matthew Byrne, Duane Andrews, and The Atlantic String Quartet, the choir will perform a concert of contemporary folk music. The ever popular and growing concert of contemporary songs Lady Cove Rocks will be presented in June, and Robert's Chafe's Christmas story Shiny and New will again be performed in December. Lady Cove is also working with aerialist Anahareo Doelle and composer Jonathan Munro to develop a new performance piece. 

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Clay Studio
St. John's
$7,500
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The Craft Council Clay Studio 2016-17 operations will include professional and community programming including a visiting artist workshop with Heather Smit on contemporary hand-building and surface decoration techniques, and a weekend wood-firing with potter Michael Flaherty. The studio will be organizing community outreach and public events including the annual Middle Cove Beach smoke firing, and 21 sessional ceramic education classes and workshops for adults and children.

Craft Council Gallery
St. John's
$9,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
For its 2016-17 presentations the Craft Council Gallery is planning exhibitions and related programming that embraces change in contemporary craft and encourages community engagement in its main and annex galleries. A wide range of exhibitions will present sculptural, conceptual, installation, and functional works reflecting history and folklore, social and cultural landscape, creative interior living environments, and our ever present seascape and environmental concerns. Featured shows include All Around the Circle by Cara Kansala and Max Dorey, Microorganism by Anita Singh, the annual members exhibit, and a group show of contemporary home furnishings - Designing the Crafted Home. The Annex galley is set to host solo shows by Toby Rabinowitz, Karlie King, and Joanna Close, as well as groups exhibitions exploring 150 year of craft in Canada, the forget-me-not flower as symbol of remembrance after World War I, plus the annual Christmas show Comfort and Joy.

Perchance Theatre at Cupids
St. John's
$9,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
For its 2016 season of classical summer theatre, Perchance Theatre at Cupids will present new productions of Shakespeare’s classics under the theme The Things We Do for Love. Productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet will be featured from July 16 to August 30. As part of youth outreach endeavours, the company will also offer a Rogues Gallery Summer Camp in August.

Poverty Cove Theatre Company
St. John's
$8,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
For its 2016-17 season Poverty Cove Theatre’s artistic director and playwright Megan Coles will write and produce a new play based on the short story Grace by renowned Newfoundland writer Lisa Moore.

Riddle Fence
St. John's
$9,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support the publication of the arts and culture journal Riddle Fence for issues 23, 24, and 25. As the only arts and culture journal in Newfoundland and Labrador, Riddle Fence highlights some of the province’s strongest, and emerging, writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as the work of contemporary visual artists.

The Nickel Independent Film Festival
St. John's
$9,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Now in its 16th year, the Nickel Film Festival is a five-day event featuring screenings of local, national, and international short films with industry driven workshops, discussion panels, and creative events. In addition to the main festival, the Nickel travels the island with summer road show screenings of short films, hosts an outdoor screenings series in St. John’s, and hosts creative challenges for filmmakers including the Super 8 film challenge.

The March Hare Inc.
Corner Brook
$7,500
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The March Hare 2017 will celebrate words and music through the production of shows in Ontario, across the island, and in its home-base of Corner Brook. The genres and disciplines presented include prose, poetry, storytelling, drama, music, song, and visual art. Corner Brook will additionally host shows for families featuring writing by children and youth writers.

The Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's
$6,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support readings in St. John's, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, by Newfoundland and Labrador resident authors of adult fiction and children/young adult literature published in 2014 and 2015. In addition, funding will support staffing for the 2016 Piper's Frith Writers' Retreat. This event pairs developing writers with experienced mentor writers to help develop a current work for presentation to publishers.

Women's Work Festival
St. John's
$8,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The 11th Women's Work Festival in March 2017 will support the development of theatre works in progress by women writers, as well as continue its record of excellent dramaturgical support for up to five new plays, with the public reading of new works supported by a large and diverse company of local actors and writers.

Cape St. Mary's Arts Inc.
St. John's
$8,500
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support the Cape St. Mary's Performance Series for summer 2016. A series of music, storytelling, readings, and theatre will be presented at the Interpretation Centre in the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. The series will feature a concert presentation of the play Between Breaths by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, storytellers Gary Green and Tony Power, writers Joan Clark, Megan Coles, Robert Mellin and Bernice Morgan, and musicians Pamela Morgan, Ourobouros, Sizzle Sisters, Spanner, Krista Vincent, Gayle Young, The Forgotten Bouzouki, Jesse English, Crooked Stovepipe, the Atlantic String Quartet, Vince Collins and Gerald Campbell.

Irish Newfoundland Traditional Music Foundation
St. John's
$7,500
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The 7th Feile Seamus Creagh will be a five-day traditional music festival featuring the best of Newfoundland and Irish music, song, and dance presented in a series of concerts in St. John’s, Bay Bulls, Ferryland, and Carbonear in September 2016. The event will include a public lecture on the mummering tradition by Dr. Aoife Granville, workshops on traditional instruments and music for the public, and informal sessions for singers and musicians.

St. John's Storytelling Festival
St. John's
$6,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
Funding will support the 13th St. John's Storytelling Festival & Supporting Events. The festival will run five days in October 2016 to celebrate the art of storytelling and feature local and national storytellers. Outreach events will include events at schools, seniors homes, libraries, and presentations at The Rooms, the Fluvarium, and MUN Botanical Gardens.

Wintertide Music Festival
Corner Brook
$8,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The Wintertide Music Festival will bring world-renowned lutenist Matthew Wadsworth and the Roskell Piano Trio from the United Kingdom to perform at the Corner Brook Arts & Culture Centre, Rotary Arts Centre, First United Church, Atrium at City Hall and local schools in January 2017. This year's festival will also feature the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus, and young Corner Brook soprano MacKenzie Brothers.

Friends of Writers at Woody Point, Inc
Norris Point
$7,000
April 15, 2016 to April 14, 2017
The Writers at Woody Point Literary Arts Festival presents some of Newfoundland and Canada's top literary and musical talents over six days of readings, concerts, and literary events presented in the stunning setting of Gros Morne National Park from August 16 to 21. The festival will feature writers Guy Vanderhaeghe, Heather O’Neil, Madeline Thien, Lawrence Hill, Ed Riche, Donna Morrissey, Megan Coles, Patrick Warner, and Des Walsh as well as musicians Amelia Curran, Stephen Fearing, Diana Panton, Shane Murphy, Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, The Catch, performers from Gros Morne Summer Music,  and Sandy Morris.