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ArtsNL announces Annual Operating Program for Professional Arts Organizations 2017 grant recipients

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL has awarded $150,000 to 16 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 the upcoming Lawnya Vawnya festival in St. John’s, the Writers at Woody Point Literary Festival (Norris Point), The New Curtain Theatre Company (Milton), the Garrick Theatre Program Committee (Bonavista), and The March Hare (Corner Brook).

“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 do professional work that grows and extends the culture of our province, which 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
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
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 Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation (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 2017

Total awarded: $150,000
Total grants: 16

Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company
Gander
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
Beyond the Overpass Theatre Festival Season 13
The 13th season of Beyond the Overpass Theatre will contain a professional summer festival as well as a series of theatre and music lessons for young people in the Gander area. Productions at this summer’s festival are The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe Di Pietro and Jimmy Roberts, The Marvelous Wonderettes by Roger Bean, and a presentation of the one-man show All the Birds in Their Houses by Kevin Woolridge. In addition, two new productions developed specifically for the acting company will be developed and performed over the summer. A new play depicting the lives of three women in the Gander area at a time when the community was first created during World War II will also be written and developed this year by Jamie Harding and Leslie Hewlett.

Cape St. Mary's Arts Inc.
St. John's
$9,607
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
The Cape St. Mary's Performance Series
Now in its 19th year, the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series offers uniquely programmed concerts and performances that present music, storytelling, literary readings, sounds art explorations, and visual art at the Interpretation Centre of the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. Performances offer unusual mixes of music, readings and other arts explorations on Saturday evenings in this unusual and naturally beautiful setting. The series will run from June 24 to September 9 this year, and will feature musicians from various genres including: The Atlantic String Quartet, Karen Bulmer, Pamela Morgan, Matthew Hornell, Joanna Barker, Roger Howse, Ouroboros, Kat McKlevey, Allie Duff, and Earle and Coffin. Also featured are writers: Eva Crocker, Mary Dalton, Sara Tilley, Alison Dyer, and Ed Riche, storytellers: Gary Green and Tony Power, and visual artist Reinhard Reitzenstein.

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Clay Studio
St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
Clay Studio 2017-18 Ceramic Art Education
In its 2017-18 season, the Clay Studio will continue to offer ceramic arts education through public and professional programming. Professional development activities will encompass an advanced ceramics workshop with visiting artists Julia Galloway from Montana State University that will explore the influence of historical pots on contemporary ceramic art and design; a Potters Present series of workshops by local potters, and two specialty workshops exploring glazing techniques and wood kiln firing. A 25th anniversary exhibition will be developed that will feature 25 potters from Newfoundland and Labrador, and a series of 24 ceramics lessons will be offered for individuals at various skill levels throughout the year. Community outreach events will include the annual smoke-firing at Middle Cove Beach, ceramic exhibitions, sales, and demonstrations.

Craft Council Gallery
St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
Programming and Exhibitions at the Craft Council Gallery
The Craft Council Gallery presents programming and exhibitions that embrace change in contemporary craft and encourage community engagement. Throughout 2017-18, a range of solo and group exhibitions will present sculptural, conceptual, installation, and functional works encompassing the themes of evolving feminism, cultural landscape, urban and rural ecology, and creative technology. An underlying subtext of this year’s programming explores resistance, resilience, and reinvention - both in human experience and artistic creation. Main gallery exhibitions will include Techne: Craft and Technology by artists from Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Quebec;  Prayer Flags, a curated show of local embroidery; Ephemera by artists Caroline Clarke and Jennifer Morgan; Holding Patterns by textile artist Rachel Ryan and jeweller Michele Chaulk; But Now Am Found – displaying mixed media art by Cara Kanasala; Mentor and Metalsmith featuring work by Wesley Harris and his artistic mentor Arthur Brecken, the annual members exhibition, and the popular Christmas exhibition Comfort and Joy. An additional seven smaller exhibitions will be presented in the Annex Gallery and the Bunty’s Umbrellas exhibition will be presented at the Rocket Room in St. John’s, and at Lester Garland House in Trinity.

Friends of Writers at Woody Point
Norris Point
$7,800
April 15 to December 31, 2017
Writers at Woody Point Literary Festival 2017
Writers at Woody Point present some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s, and Canada's, top literary and musical talents in a six-day festival of readings, concerts, and arts events. Hosted in the stunning setting of Gros Morne National Park, the festival runs from August 15 to 20. Featured writers will be Annie Proulx, Kathleen Winter, Lisa Moore, Lawrence Hill, Eva Crocker, Dennis Lee, Robert Chafe, Ed Riche, Linden McIntyre, Noah Richler and Des Walsh. Musicians lined up to perform this year are Jim Cuddy and Anne Lindsay, Hillsburn, Kim Stockwood, Jody Richardson, Tim Baker, Shane Murphy, Mintze Wu, and The Mixed Tapes.

Garrick Theatre Program Committee
Bonavista
$9,600
May 27 to October 7, 2017
Fab Four
The Garrick Theatre's Fab Four Summer Music Series will boast a variety of live music and film events in historic Bonavista throughout the summer and early fall of 2017. The Saturday Summer Series features some of the provinces finest musicians in concert on the Garrick Theatre main stage.  Wednesday Night Films Showcase features films and documentaries that highlight Newfoundland and Labrador film talent.  Thursdays on Church offers a small live venue for more intimate concerts in a pub-style environment, and Live on the Lawn is a series of free, outdoor concerts at the local historic sites like Mockbeggar Plantation and Ryan Premises. Some of the musicians performing this summer are Craig Young, Amelia Curran, Sherman Downey and Mathew Byrne, Mat Hornell and Andrew Sneddon, Brianna Gosse, Mallory Johnson and Chad Murphy, The Secrets, Shanneyganock, Rum Ragged, Tomato Tomato, The Bishops, The Once, Celtic Fiddlers, Kelly Ann Evans Band, Janet Cull Band, as well as Justin Martin and the Generations.

Irish Newfoundland Traditional Music Foundation
St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
8th Annual Feile Seamus Creagh
Feile Seamus Creagh is a traditional music festival featuring the best of Newfoundland and Irish music, song, and dance through a series of concerts around the Avalon Peninsula that feature performances and workshops by tradition bearers from Newfoundland & Labrador and Ireland. This year’s festival, which is the eighth, will run September 6 to 10 with public concerts in St. John’s, Bay Bulls, Ferryland and Carbonear. A public lecture on traditional step dancing will also be presented in partnership with MMaP at Memorial University, and public workshops suitable for all ages and musical abilities on traditional music and instruments will be offered. Informal sessions for attending musicians at the festival will create opportunities to network and play together. Newfoundland based artists performing this year will include The Ennis Sisters, Rum Ragged, The Sizzle Sisters, Doug Dorward, and Fergus O’Byrne and Fergus Brown O’Byrne. Irish artists performing include Jackie Daly, Matt Cranitch, Paul de Grae, Daoiri Farrell, Kieran Jordan, and Blackie O’Connell.

Lady Cove Women's Choir
St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
Lady Cove Women's Choir 2017-18 Season
The 2017-18 season will begin in May with Come Fare Away with Me, featuring contemporary arrangements of traditional songs by Duane Andrews, performed by musicians Matthew Byrne and Duane Andrews, along with a professional string quartet. A new commission for the choir from composer Kathleen Allan based on Bernice Morgan’s novel Cloud of Bone will be performed at the Winterset in Summer Festival in Eastport in August. In September, the work of local composers Andrew Staniland and Tim Baker will be featured in a concert titled Oceans. The Christmas concert in late November will embrace world music and highlight contemporary arrangements of international Christmas music by Canadian composer Ed Henderson, performed with the Newman Sound Men’s Choir. The final concert of the year in April 2018 is a tribute to the religious music of Labrador developed through the work of Moravian missionaries, featuring Inuit singers Deantha Edmunds and Karrie Obed.

Lawnya Vawnya

St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
Lawnya Vawnya VII
Lawnya Vawnya VII will take place from May 10 to 13, 2017. This four-day festival of music and art showcases international calibre performances with a focus on new independent music, workshops, and discussions that facilitate professional development opportunities to further artistic careers. Over 16 concerts are in the festival schedule, along with featured events like the music crawl through downtown and Quidi Vidi at venues for all ages, a reading series in partnership with Riddle Fence magazine, a screening of the film Sonita in partnership with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, a late night tour of intimate concert venues, and artist talks by featured performers.

The March Hare Inc.
Corner Brook
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
March Hare 2018
The 32nd running of the March Hare, a celebration of words and music, will take place February 28 to March 11, 2018 at venues in Corner Brook, rural Newfoundland, and in Ontario. The programming will feature 18 shows of literary readings and musical performances that feature many renowned Newfoundland and Labrador musicians and writers, as well as writers from Devon, St. Kitts, and other parts of Canada.

The New Curtain Theatre Company
Milton, Clarenville
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
2017-18 Theatre Season
New Curtain Theatre’s 2017-18 season will present four professional productions of Canadian plays, youth and adult acting classes, and unique fundraisers that engage the public in theatre. This year’s productions will be Leave of Absence by Lucio Frangione, Letters in Wartime by Kenneth Brown, After Party by Neil Fleming, and The Valley by Joan McLeod. Fundraisers will incorporate staged readings in an intimate home setting, and a performance/costume event titled Love, Loss and What I Wore

St. John's Storytelling Festival
St. John's
$7,793
May 1, 2017 to April 14, 2018
14th St. John's Storytelling Festival and Supporting Events
The St. John's Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of storytelling in Newfoundland and Labrador by offering a monthly story circle, and hosting a five-day annual festival.  This year’s festival runs from October 10 to 15, and features 12 storytelling presentation events and 4 public workshops exploring storytelling for all ages. In addition, storytellers will present their work and narratives at local schools.  The planned feature storyteller this year is Jack Lynch from Ireland. Local storytellers include Andy Jones, Chris Brookes, Mary Fearon, Dave Paddon, Anita Best, Dale Jarvis, Catherine Wright, Sharon King Campbell, Joe Goudie, Bev Kane, and Hubert Furey.

Trails Tales Tunes Festival
Norris Point
$9,600
April 15 to December 31, 2017
Trails Tales Tunes Festival 2017
Now in its 10th year the Trails Tales Tunes Festival is a unique community event that encompasses the concept of community engagement through the exploration of nature and culture. This year’s festival runs from May 19 to 28, and offers diverse activities to actively engage locals and visitors in the geography, people, and culture of Norris Point. Activities include daily nature walks, community meals, and sporting events, to a concert series featuring both local musicians and professional musicians from across the province, open mic events encouraging everyone to perform, public workshops on traditional musical instruments, and free public concerts.

White Rooster Theatre
St. John's
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2018
2017-18 Season
 White Rooster Theatre brings its fairytale inspired original play Kate Crackerberry to the Stages Festival in Halifax in May. This highly successful play, for audiences young and old, has already performed to schools in St. John’s, and was a featured presentation by RCA Theatre last year. A provincial tour of Hunger by Megan Greeley is planned for fall 2017. White Rooster will also start to develop three new works. An untitled women’s walk performance piece written by Ruth Lawrence and Sherry White will explore the history of the suffrage movement in Newfoundland and Labrador through an outdoor walking tour. A new fairytale-inspired play Clever Manka based on a Czech folk tale will be developed as a live theatre performance using puppetry. Finally, in conjunction with Rising Tide Theatre, a collective theatre piece on childbirth will be developed, featuring writing by Berni Stapleton, Ruth Lawrence, and Megan Greeley.

Winterset in Summer Inc.
Eastport
$9,600
April 15 to December 31, 2017
2017 Winterset in Summer Literary Festival
The Winterset in Summer Literary Festival will celebrate its 16th season from August 7 to 13, 2017 with an array of renowned authors, songwriters, storytellers, and book illustrators. This year the celebrated Lady Cove Women's Choir will present a concert that includes a new commissioned piece by composer Kathleen Allan based on the book Cloud of Bone by Bernice Morgan. Featured national and provincial writers include Esi Edugyan, Heather O’Neil, Anakana Schofield, Kenneth Tam, Susan MacDonald, and Janet McNaughton. A panel discussion on Canada’s 150th anniversary will feature Ron Crocker, Bert Riggs, Bill Rowe, and Richard Gwyn. A storytelling event in Salvage will present Paul Dean, Mary Fearon and Dave Paddon. Musicians Earle and Coffin will host a special concert, and a session on adult colouring books will spotlight illustrators Dawn Baker, Jennifer Morgan, and Kathy Sweetapple. Finally, the festival will host Janet McNaughton as its Children’s Writer in the Park at Terra Nova National Park.

Wintertide Music Festival
Corner Brook
$9,600
April 15, 2017 to February 1, 2018
Wintertide Music Festival 2018
The Wintertide Music festival will present a series of classical music concerts in Corner Brook in January 2018. The Eilean Piano Trio from the United Kingdom will perform a feature piano trio concert. Other concerts include a violin and piano duo recital featuring Colin Scobie and Yoko Misumi, and a solo cello recital by Heather Tuach. Concerts will showcase established local musicians and emerging talents. In addition, there will be two free events: a piano master class and an afternoon family concert.