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Young artists to get city support through new award

Applications now open

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 06:00 am

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Young artists now have the ability to access financial support from the city through a new grant. The Young Artists Legacy Award is proof positive that the city understands what it takes to get a creative career off the ground.

“It gives us an opportunity – depending on what applications come in – to provide some opportunities for students to go to a master class or a summer camp or a special workshop that would help them in their arts-related training,” stated Kelly Jerrott, the city’s director of cultural services.

“It is expensive to participate in their training and if they have to travel for some of that training when they get to a certain level. Every little bit helps.”

The award program started from when the city hosted the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards ceremony here in the spring of 2011.

Jerrott explained that the city generated a surplus from it and created this legacy program to offer help to fledgling practitioners of the visual arts, or in theatre, music, film or new media and multimedia arts. Nurturing young artists has even been identified in the cultural master plan, she continued.

The grant is meant to fund a single short-term training, education or career advancement opportunity (including travel to events and conferences) for each individual or group during a calendar year.

Recipients must be between the ages of 13 and 21. Individuals can receive up to $500 and groups can get up to $1,000.

Jerrott agreed that fostering young talent is also good for the cultural services department.

“We’re really excited to be able to help them in some way.”

The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 10. Grants will be awarded by city council the following month. A Young Artists Legacy Award Committee will determine the number and amount of grants awarded on an annual basis.

For complete application instructions and forms, contact Tamsin Brooks at 780-459-1713 or visit


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