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Corner Brook artists awarded ArtsNL grants

Meagan Musseau.
Meagan Musseau. - Star file photo

ArtsNL has awarded $268,301 in grants to 49 artistic projects through its Professional Project Grants Program.

Funding for the program is provided through ArtsNL’s annual contribution of $1.9 million from the provincial government for granting programs, program delivery, operations, and communications.

For the spring session, the grant program had a total of $825,799 requested from 119 applicants.

Several Corner Brook artists were approved for funding, including visual artist Meagan Musseau, who will create a series of graphic line drawings that delineate Beothuk designs and references on animal hide using appliqué beadwork. She was granted $4,000, the maximum available amount.

Other local artists included were Tara Manuel, who was approved $7,250 to support the complete development of an original puppetry play called “The Lady of the Falls” and also to undertake a two-week puppetry training course at the New England Puppetry Intensive.

Wesley Harris was granted $6,237 for the tour of the teacher tribute exhibition “Mentor and Metalsmith — the Silver Art of Arthur Brecken and Wesley Harris.” This exhibit will travel to Vancouver, near Toronto, and to Halifax. Prior to the tour, the exhibit has been shown in St. John’s, and following the tour in early 2019, the exhibit will be shown in Corner Brook.

Finally, Alli Johnston was approved $2,400 in support of creating and presenting nine watercolour paintings for the 2018 Writers at Woody Point art show. The new works will explore the plants and animals living in the waters of Bonne Bay.

The program provides grants for artistic projects involving creation, production or professional development. Professional artists and groups working in dance, film, multidiscipline arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing may apply for funding. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process and applications are assessed by committees of artistic peers who have expertise in the relevant artistic disciplines.

The program has two grant deadlines a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. The next deadline for the program will be Sept. 17 and applications must be submitted at http://artsnl.smartsimple.ca.

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