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The NBYO wins the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The NBYO wins the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has been selected to receive the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year, for their remarkable work with young musicians across the province and the introduction of the Sistema NB free after-school music program primarily aimed at creating opportunities for at-risk students.

The Chair of the NB Foundation for the Arts, Ms. Indu Varma, announced today the five winners of the 2010 Foundation for the Arts Awards. The awards will be presented in Sackville on November 5th at the annual NBFA Awards Ceremony. The award winners were chosen by a jury of arts professionals.

The NBYO wins the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has been selected to receive the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year, for their remarkable work with young musicians across the province and the introduction of the Sistema NB free after-school music program primarily aimed at creating opportunities for at-risk students.

The Chair of the NB Foundation for the Arts, Ms. Indu Varma, announced today the five winners of the 2010 Foundation for the Arts Awards. The awards will be presented in Sackville on November 5th at the annual NBFA Awards Ceremony. The award winners were chosen by a jury of arts professionals.

Here's the press release:

October 14, 2010

Fredericton, New Brunswick

The Chair of the NB Foundation for the Arts, Ms. Indu Varma, announced today the five winners of the 2010 Foundation for the Arts Awards. The awards will be presented in Sackville on November 5th at the annual NBFA Awards Ceremony. The art prizes, totalling $15,000, honor both organizations and individuals. The award winners were chosen by a jury of arts professionals.

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has been selected to receive the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year―$3,000―for their remarkable work with young musicians across the province and the introduction of the Sistema NB free after-school music program primarily aimed at creating opportunities for at-risk students;
Mr. Brian Johnson, part owner of Kingswood, the largest family entertainment center in Fredericton, has been selected to receive the J.D. Irving Arts and Cultural Partnership Award―$5,000 for a public or not-for-profit arts or cultural organization of the choice of the winner. Mr. Johnson provided an initial $40,000 in special funding for the establishment of Gallery Connexion in the Chestnut Complex. His on-going support continues to help in creating new opportunities for the Gallery;
Ms. Meredith Snider, Gallery Connexion’s Executive Director, has been selected to receive the Caisses populaires acadiennes Arts and Cultural Management Award―$5,000 for a not-for-profit arts or cultural organization of the choice of the winner. The jurors recognized Ms. Snider’s hard work and diligence in resurrecting Gallery Connexion from an uncertain future after the flood of May 2008;
Ms. Kimberly Vose Jones has been selected to receive the Charlotte Glencross Scholarship for Professional Development in the Arts―$1,000. The scholarship will help Ms. Vose Jones to pursue her studies for an MFA in Studio Arts at Maine College of Art. The MFA is a graduate program emphasizing independent studio or project production and personal research supported through rigorous teaching and one-on-one advising;
Ms. Rachel Anne MacGillivray has been selected to receive the Nel Oudemans Memorial Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Fine Crafts ―$1,000. This scholarship will help Ms. MacGillivray to further her studies in textile at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and to pursue a one-year Diploma in Advanced Studies.
Mrs. Indu Varma said she was pleased with the jury's decisions. “All the award-winners deserve our admiration and our continuing support,” she said. “Whether they are determined to acquire new skills or to build a new space for the arts, each of the winners shares the same desire to give back to the community and to help make it better, more interesting, more engaging.”

The TD Canada Trust Arts Organization of the Year was awarded to Fredericton's Gallery Connexion in 2006, to the Saint John Theatre Company in 2007, to the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals in 2008, and to the Frye Festival in 2009. The New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts wishes to express its gratitude for the generosity of the TD Canada Trust Financial Group.

The Caisses populaires acadiennes Arts and Cultural Management Award and the J.D. Irving, Ltd. Arts and Cultural Partnership Award were awarded for the first time in 2009. Tim Yerxa received the Arts and Cultural Management Award while a group of three young entrepreneurs from Edmundston, whose generosity allowed for the establishment of the Centre culturel St-Paul, received the Arts and Cultural Partnership Award. The Caisses populaires acadiennes and J.D. Irving, Ltd. partnerships are both very unique in the sense that they shed lights on people and organizations whose determination and support for arts and culture go beyond the call of duty.

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Contact: Denise Violette, Executive Director, 506-460-6600