TORONTO, July 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Last night, the Ontario Science Centre awarded the seventh annual Innovation in Mas' Award to Concept Costume Creators, led by Whitfield Belasco, for "Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea" at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival King and Queen Competition and Show at Lamport Stadium. "Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea" was designed and performed by Osei Brand, who was previously recognized by the Ontario Science Centre in 2015 with an Honourable Mention distinction.
"For the seventh consecutive year, the Ontario Science Centre proudly continues its partnership with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival by presenting the Innovation in Mas' Award," said Catherine Paisley, Vice President, Science Education and Science Experience, Ontario Science Centre. "Osei Brand's design truly represents the intersection of art and science, and he impressed the jury unanimously with his innovative approach and dedication to developing mas' culture."
Created in 2010 to highlight the innovation involved in costume-making, the Innovation in Mas' Award honours the designer whose creation best exemplifies the application of principles and practices of innovation that include risk-taking, problem-solving, daring perspectives in material use, mechanics and engineering; along with demonstrated consciousness of the values of community collaboration for future generations and evolution of this unique craftsmanship.
This year's jury comprised:
- Vishnu Ramcharan, Community and Visitor Engagement Specialist, Ontario Science Centre
- Walter Stoddard, Senior Scientist, Ontario Science Centre
- Francis Jeffers, Scientist, Community Science Promoter: Executive Director, Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum and Henry Jerome Award recipient
"The skills, attitudes and practices of innovation are consistently evident in various ways at all of the Mas' camps we visit," added Stoddard. "Once again, we considered a three-way tie. Osei's acknowledgement of the sources of inspiration in his mentors and the value of on-going learning with his collaborators gave him the edge."
The jury awarded an honourable mention to Annette Caroline Gabriel for her portrayal of "The World of Festivals" from the Band Festivals of Nations produced by Durham Mas' and Cultural Club led by Jerrol Augustine.
The Innovation in Mas' Award, a unique, custom-designed trophy, will remain at Concept Costume Creators Mas' camp until the Science Centre's Community Day celebrations on September 4, 2016, when the designer will receive a commemorative copy of the trophy for permanent ownership.
The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Science Centre
Image with caption: "Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea, designed and performed by Osei Brand, took home the seventh annual Ontario Science Centre Innovation in Mas Award last night at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival King and Queen Competition and Show. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160729_C3893_PHOTO_EN_744645.jpg
Image with caption: "Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson with the Ontario Science Centre Innovation in Mas Award recipient, Osei Brand, and jury. (L-R) Denise Herrera-Jackson, Walter Stoddard, Vishnu Ramcharan, Osei Brand and Francis Jeffers. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160729_C3893_PHOTO_EN_744647.jpg
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