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A very important member of the GCTC family was honored this week by the Ottawa Arts Council for their contributions to the local arts scene. Janet Irwin received the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award which recognizes “the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in our city.” Janet has made long-lasting impacts in the Ottawa theatre and opera community and with other arts organizations. She’s served as a member of GCTC’s Board of Director’s and is even directing our holiday show for the 15-16 season: Angel Square. Click the link here to find out more about Angel Square, a show that we’re all REALLY excited about.
We at GCTC couldn’t be more thrilled for this great accomplishment by Janet and can’t wait to be working with her again next season! Check below for the full press release from the Ottawa Arts Council.
Janet Irwin to be honoured with the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award
Theatre artist Janet Irwin has been chosen to receive the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award in recognition of her forty-year contribution to the development of local theatre and opera artists and a variety of arts organizations in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Arts Council in collaboration with the City of Ottawa presents the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award on an annual basis. The Award recognizes the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in our city. Mayor Jim Watson is confirmed to present a bronze casting of Seed and Flower, from the original 1963 work by Victor Tolgesy that is part of the City of Ottawa collection. Ms Irwin will be the 26th recipient of this award.
A $5,000 prize will be presented to Ms Irwin by the Ottawa Arts Council at an Arts Awards Presentation evening on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Arts Court Theatre, 2nd floor, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. A reception sponsored by RBC Financial, will be held in the Studio at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Arts Awards Presentation in the Theatre at 7:15 p.m.
The Arts Awards Presentation Evening will also include recognition of the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award and the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Three finalists were chosen in each of these categories, and the recipients will be announced at the event. Cash prizes for the recipients of these awards are $5,000, and $1,000 to the finalists.
2015 RBC Emerging Artist Award finalists:
- Brecken Hancock – Poet
- Leslie Hossack – Photographer
- Lisa L’Heureux – Playwright
2015 Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award finalists:
- Yvonne Coutts – Dancer/Choreographer
- Roger D. Wilson – Filmmaker
- Andrew Wright – Photographer/Multi Media Artist
The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank RBC Royal Bank, the RBC Foundation, Mann Lawyers LLP, GGFL Chartered Accountants, and the City of Ottawa for their support of the Ottawa Arts Council Arts Awards Program.
Or visit our website www.ottawaartscouncil.ca