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

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

    OTTAWA, 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 nominations 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, two of the five finalists hailed from the Ottawa-area - Juan
Geuer, a scientist and visual artist and the Ottawa Chamber Music Society,
which was nominated as an arts organization.
    As a scientist, Geuer worked on meteor crater research. As an artist,
Geuer uses many artistic mediums to help illuminate science and make it more
accessible to people. Now in his 90s, Geuer continues to work as an artist in
Almonte, Ontario, exploring video, a relatively new medium for him.
    "The idea behind the Premier's Awards is perfect," said Geuer. "The award
is open to several forms of art instead of focusing on one, allowing artists
from many genres to be considered. I'm happy to have been the only visual
artist short-listed in the first year of the awards."
    The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is well known in the local community and
across continents. The society's mandate is to make classical music accessible
and available to everyone through affordable ticket prices. Music lovers
travel from as far as Australia, Japan, Africa, Europe and the United States
to hear their classical music performances at the Ottawa International Chamber
Music Festival.
    "Being named as one of the six finalists for the Premier's Award for
Excellence in the Arts is a singular honour in which the OCMS takes great
pride", said John Frecker, Interim Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber
Music Society. "This recognition of the value of the work we are doing
provides a tremendous morale boost to everyone in the organization. It also
helps tremendously in building confidence among prospective sponsors."
    Mr. Geuer and the Ottawa Chamber Music Society can be made available for

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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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