Con­fi­dence builder

Play­wright, who is one of the re­cip­i­ents of an arts grant, says money gives her new op­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

“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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Play­wright Linda Wig­more shares her script with Ed­u­ca­tion, Early Learn­ing and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Doug Cur­rie at the Vic­to­ria Park cul­tural pav­il­ion.

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