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"Call for Nominations: Two National Arts Awards"
2002-09-18 until 2002-09-30
Canadian Conference of the Arts
Ottawa, ON, CA Canada

The Canadian Conference of the Arts is asking its members to submit nominations for its two annual awards: The Diplôme d'honneur for outstanding contributions to the arts; and The Keith Kelly Award for cultural leadership.

The Diplôme d'honneur for outstanding contributions to the arts in Canada. Presented annually to a Canadian who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural life of the country, whether through volunteer activity, mentoring, patronage, individual arts practice or other recognized support. First awarded to the late Governor General Vincent Massey in 1954, it has since recognized more than 70 visionaries and creators of Canada's rich cultural identity, including Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester, Gabrielle Roy and Vincent Tovell.

The Keith Kelly Award for cultural leadership. Awarded annually since 1998, the Keith Kelly award is given to a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts through advocacy, public discourse and leadership. The contribution recognized by the Award may range from local to international in scope. The Award is named for the former National Director of the CCA (1990-1998), who was also its first recipient. Other recipients of the award were Paul Siren, Gilles Lefebvre and Elise Paré-Tousignant.

The awards will be presented on November 28, 2002, in Edmonton in conjunction with the CCA's national policy conference, entitled "When is Now: Synchronizing Arts Policy and Practice". The awards ceremony will be hosted at Government House by the Hon. Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, herself an avid supporter of the arts.

The CCA is Canada's largest and oldest arts advocacy organization, representing over 250,000 artists and cultural workers across the country. The membership of the CCA is broadly representative of the cultural sector nationally and includes: performers, artists, arts councils, unions, presenting and producing organizations, cultural industry groups, arts service organizations, arts educators and citizens who support the arts.

The CCA Awards Committee chooses the recipients of the Diplôme d'honneur and Keith Kelly Awards from nominations submitted each year by members of the CCA. We invite all CCA members to give serious consideration to nominees for these awards. Nominations must be received by the CCA no later than September 30, 2002

For more information, please contact:

Julie Cayouette
Canadian Conference of the Arts
(613) 238-3561 ext. 20

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