Playwright, who is one of the recipients of an arts grant, says money gives her new options
“I usually don’t have money to pay actors who help out with reading and workshopping. This grant allows me to focus on my writing and give honorariums to actors, while being chosen as a recipient gives me confidence in the project.” Linda Wigmore
Playwright Linda Wigmore says receiving an arts grant gave her an extra boost to make her project come to life.
Hers was among the 13 projects sharing $50,000 in funding supporting established and emerging Prince Edward Island artists.
The final report for the spring round of arts grants is now available at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/artist-grants-program-report-spring-2017.
Wigmore plans to use her grant to develop a script that explores the experiences of women who gave their babies up for adoption.
“I usually don’t have money to pay actors who help out with reading and workshopping,” Wigmore said.
“This grant allows me to focus on my writing and give honorariums to actors, while being chosen as a recipient gives me confidence in the project.”
Grant winners were selected from 70 applicants by a six-member jury from the Prince Edward Island arts community.
The process is modeled on the practice followed by the Canada Council of Arts.
The next round of funding for arts grants is expected to begin this fall. The recipients are:
— $7,000 to Melissa to create a two-act, multi-media stage production based on the works, recordings and photos of Sandy Ives.
— $6,000 to Hans Wendt for the production of a new body of watercolour paintings to be shown in 2018, at the Michael Gibson Gallery in London, and the Toronto Art Fair.
— $6,000 to Susan Rodgers for “Still The Water,” a dramatic feature film about the men in a broken family trying to find their way back to each other in P.E.I.
— $5,000 to Sirens to commission a choral work from the Canadian composer, Jeff Enns, with a text incorporating the “Snake Legend” as told by P.E.I. Mi’kmaq elder, Matilda Knockwood and premiere the piece at their concert weekend in May 2018.
— $4,5000 to Margot Rejskind for a three-concert season for her newly created professional vocal group, Luminos Ensemble.
— $4,000 to Alexander Reuss to create three sculptural works of art exploring the merits of the industrialization of processes in wood fabrication
— $3,520 to Linda Wigmore to workshop a play that will explore the experiences of women who relinquished babies for adoption on Prince Edward Island.
— $3,000 to Jared Perry for “All or Nothing,” which will explore the arena of human vulnerability by creating a mixture of paintings, drawings and sculptures.
— $3,000 to Ben Aitken for a four-song demo of music he has written.
— $2,000 to Eric Broadbent for a day-long hip-hop festival in Victoria Park, Charlottetown.
— $345 to Samantha Desjardin Joyce to attend a professional development workshop focused on novel-writing at the University of Prince Edward Island, in partnership with Humber College.
— $6,000 to Taryn Verkerk to create a contemporary dance piece showcasing P.E.I.’s landscape specific with seven to 10 local dancers.
Playwright Linda Wigmore shares her script with Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie at the Victoria Park cultural pavilion.