A Day of Visual and Media Arts at Rideau Hall

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Her Excellency the Right Honourable
Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the eighth
annual Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts ceremony at Rideau
Hall on Friday, March 23, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. Media interested in covering this
event are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than
5:15 p.m.
    The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts recognize
distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists in these artistic fields,
as well as outstanding contributions to the visual and media arts through
voluntarism, philanthropy, board governance, community outreach or
professional activities. These prestigious awards are funded and administered
by the Canada Council for the Arts. The Saidye Bronfman Award, which
recognizes excellence in the fine crafts, is part of the Governor General's
Awards for the first time this year.
    Photos of this year's laureates and their works can be downloaded from
the Canada Council Web site at www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggavma .

    Art Matters Forum:

    In concert with the presentation of the Visual and Media Arts Awards,
Rideau Hall will host a debate as part of Art Matters on March 23 at 10 a.m.
Created by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, Art Matters-a forum for
reflection and dialogue-precede the presentation ceremonies of the arts and
culture awards.
    Thirty guests-visual and media arts award laureates, writers, arts
administrators and academics-will debate the place of the artist and of
contemporary art in a connected society. Participants will explore whether the
artist can still play the role of trailblazer in a connected world.
    The public is also invited to participate in the debate at
www.citizenvoices.gg.ca by answering the following question: Can the artist
still play the role of trailblazer in a connected world?

For further information:

For further information: Media information: Marilyne Guèvremont, Rideau
Hall Press Office, (613) 998-7280, www.gg.ca; Donna Balkan, Senior
Communications Manager, Canada Council for the Arts, (613) 566-4305

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