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Confederation Centre Recognized at Charlottetown Arts and Culture Awards

June 20, 2014

Don Fraser, ‘Art in the Open', and Confederation Centre among recipients at City's Awards Ceremony (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - The first-ever Charlottetown Arts and Culture Awards were held recently and Confederation Centre of the Arts was honoured with three accolades.

The Artistic Excellence Award was presented to the Centre's music director, Donald Fraser for "overall, exhibited artistic excellence." According to an independent panel, "Fraser has made a significant contribution to his respective disciplines, and his leadership, innovation and creativity has had a positive influence on the City of Charlottetown." Fraser is a 30-year veteran of The Charlottetown Festival and has been music director at the Centre since 1991, which includes leading the programming and development of the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus and the Confederation Singers.

The Cultural Event Award was presented to ‘Art in the Open' for the group's development and presentation of an event that contributes to the arts and cultural development of Charlottetown. This free contemporary art event is co-presented by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and This Town Is Small. To receive this award, ‘Art in the Open' had to engage residents and visitors within the City's limits, and contribute to a greater appreciation of the quality of life in Charlottetown. Established in 2011 as a Cultural Capitals of Canada event, ‘Art in the Open' has grown into an important cultural event, creating opportunities for artists and raising the profile of contemporary art in Charlottetown. This year's ‘Art in the Open' takes place from 4 p.m. to midnight on August 23.

Confederation Centre of the Arts also received a special award recognizing the Centre's 50th anniversary which CEO Jessie Inman accepted on behalf of the Centre's local and national boards and staff.

"On behalf of the City of Charlottetown, I'd like to congratulate those who were presented with an award, along with those who were nominated," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The nominees and award winners are the reason our City has vibrant arts and cultural sectors. The work that they do, and the passion they show for their creative work or the creative work of others, is outstanding and has a major impact on our City in a positive way. We're pleased to be able to highlight their commitment and contributions to Charlottetown."

The selection of 2014 winners was determined by an independent panel appointed by, but separate from, the Arts Advisory Board. The panel is chaired by one (non-voting) member of the Arts Advisory Board. The 2014 Arts and Culture Awards were held as part of the City's 1864 Week Anniversary Celebrations.

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From left: Spencer Campbell, Chair of the Arts Advisory Board; Denis Larocque, who accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ruth Lacey accepted the Emerging Artist Award on behalf of Monica Lacey; Donald Fraser accepted the Artistic Excellence Award; Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee presented the inaugural Awards.