R and D for Artists

    June 1 deadline for Chalmers Arts Fellowships

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - The upcoming Chalmers Arts Fellowships deadline on
June 1 is the perfect opportunity for Ontario artists and arts professionals
to engage in research and development.


    -   The Chalmers Arts Fellowships supports artists and arts professionals
        in their artistic growth or renewal. It is intended to have a long
        term impact.
    -   Since 2002, 141 artists and arts professionals have engaged in
        research and development through a Chalmers Arts Fellowship.
    -   The Chalmers Arts Fellowships and Chalmers' Professional Development
        Grants were launched in February 2002.


    "Receiving a Chalmers Arts Fellowship offered me the remarkable
opportunity to conduct research on Aboriginal/colonial interactions at some
very old, very prestigious galleries, libraries and museums across Western
Europe. Because of their scope, the Chalmers Arts Fellowships are an
unparalleled and important resource for arts professionals in any discipline."
    -   Mary Anne Barkhouse, visual artist, 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship

    "The Chalmers Fellowship has allowed me the freedom to explore a
different form of theatre creation firsthand, and to travel to international
festivals that are programming this kind of work.
    I have been able to connect with an incredible range of artists and arts
presenters and observe how various cities and performance groups approach
traditional and installation theatre.
    The final leg of the funding may take me in unexpected directions. To me,
this is a wonderful element of the support - it is geared to the individual
artist's development, and fully supportive of whatever direction the artist
has chosen to pursue."
    - David Oiye, theatre director, 2008 Chalmers Arts Fellowship recipient

    "Receiving the Chalmers Arts Fellowship award has given me the time and
money to reconnect and explore my craft. The development of the project itself
was a learning experience that not only addressed my artistic needs but has
rejuvenated and brought clarity to the many possibilities that exist through
my art. I would truly encourage others to consider applying for a fellowship."
    -   Vivine Scarlett, dancer and choreographer, 2008 Chalmers Arts
        Fellowship recipient


    -   About Chalmers Arts Fellowships
    -   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.
    -   About granting programs and awards
        (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page16.aspx) of the Ontario Arts Council

    The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario's primary
funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the 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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For further information:

For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Hamal Docter, Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7434, 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434,
Mobile: (647) 831-4295, hdocter@arts.on.ca; PROGRAM INQUIRIES: Myles Warren,
Awards Officer, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7422, 1-800-387-0058, ext.
7422, mwarren@arts.on.ca

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