$650,000 Awarded to 21 Chalmers Arts Fellowship Recipients

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario Arts Council is pleased to announce
the recipients of the 2007 Chalmers Arts Fellowships.
    "These 21 recipients of our Chalmers Arts Fellowships represent a
remarkable range of artists both emerging and established. Thanks to this
program, these poets, dancemakers, musicians, filmmakers and others will be
able to explore or move on their next creative projects", said John Brotman,
Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council.
    This year's recipients are: David Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Allison
Cameron, Layne Coleman, Susan Crean, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Ellen Flanders,
Christy Garland, Christopher House, Luis Jacob, JonArno Lawson, Sarah
Lazarovic, Popo Leboy, Laurie McGauley, Colleen Murphy, Quinsin Nachoff, David
Oiye, Beatriz Pizano, Amin Rehman, Vivine Scarlett, Rina Singha. Further
information on the recipients and their respective projects is available at
    The Chalmers Arts Fellowships provide support for the careers of artists
and arts professionals when a concentration on artistic growth or renewal is
most likely to have the greatest impact on their long-term artistic and career
    The jurors for this year's Chalmers Arts Fellowships were: Samir Baijal,
Guelph; Michel Bénac, Ottawa; Ron Benner, London; Marie-Josée Chartier,
Toronto; Eric Coates, Blyth; Mela Constantinidi, Ottawa; Melchior Mbonimpa,
Sudbury; Bruno Moynié, Toronto; Kerri Sakamoto, Toronto; and Mitra Sen,
    Established in 1979, the Chalmers Family Fund at the Ontario Arts Council
has grown to a $19.3 million (March 31, 2006) endowment fund supporting a
variety of activities. The awards were re-launched as the Chalmers Arts
Fellowships and Chalmers' Professional Development Grants program in February
2002. The Chalmers family has a well-known history as one of Canada's premier
patrons of the arts. Long associated with the founding and support of a number
of arts institutions, the family has also shown an extraordinary interest in
honouring, through awards, prizes and grants, the individual artists who
contribute to Canada's culture.

    The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario's primary
funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a
vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists
for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.

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