New Deadline For Premier's Awards For Excellence In The Arts

    Celebrate Culture By Nominating An Artist Or Arts Organization This
    Holiday Season

    SUDBURY, ON, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is giving people ten
more days to nominate their favourite artist or arts organization for the
recently expanded $120,000 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts,
Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll announced today.
    "The Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts not only reward
Ontario's artists, they also raise their profile across the province," said
Carroll. "I am delighted that the awards have been expanded to recognize arts
organizations for their remarkable achievements."
    The deadline to submit nomination forms for the 2008 Premier's Award has
been extended to December 19. Nomination forms are available on the Ontario
Arts Council website at
    The winner of the individual Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts
will receive $35,000. The recipient will then nominate a promising newcomer,
who will receive $15,000. Each finalist will receive $2,000. This year, a new
$50,000 award for arts organizations has been added to the program.
    Last year, one of the five finalists hailed from Sudbury. The Théâtre du
Nouvel-Ontario, is the first Franco Ontarian creative theatre and the only
professional theatre of francophone expression in Northern Ontario. The
theatre company develops, enriches and supports the artistic and cultural life
of the community and has been rewarded for their efforts with two Governor
General Literary Awards.
    "Public support and peer recognition help sustain arts organizations,
like ours, that are established beyond the province's major urban centres,"
said Geneviève Pineault, Artistic Director of the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.
"We feel as if we're sharing our nomination with our audience, volunteers and
artists. Without them, nominations such as this one would be unattainable."
    "I encourage people to nominate their favourite Ontario artists and arts
organizations and do it before the December 19 deadline - consider it part of
your festive celebrations," said Carroll.
    Geneviève Pineault can be made available for interviews.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 326-6893

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