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Anna Treusch honoured with the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto, June 23, 2022 – Set and costume designer Anna Treusch is the 2022 recipient of the $25,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to a professional costume designer in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their career through research and travel.

About Anna Treusch
Anna Treusch works as a set and costume designer for theatre, opera, and musical theatre throughout Canada with companies such as the Capitol Theatre, Canadian Stage, Nightwood Theatre, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the National Arts Centre, Young People’s Theatre, Native Earth, Coal Mine Theatre, Against the Grain, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Common Boots, Theatre St. Johns, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Factory Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, and Obsidian Theatre. 

She has been a guest designer/ instructor in multiple institutions such as Sheridan College, George Brown College, University of Waterloo, Humber College, York University, Randolph College and St. Clair College. Anna has been lucky enough to have support from multiple mentors in her career and believes deeply that those mentors have played a major role in her career. 

Anna holds a degree in Theatre Technical Production from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is a recipient of two Dora awards for her work in costume design. She has received multiple nominations for the Pauline McGibbon Award for work as a scenic painter. She is a proud member of Associated Designers of Canada (IATSE ADC659) and IATSE 828.

She would like to thank her parents, siblings and husband for their constant support and unwavering encouragement throughout the years.  “This award is a reminder that our love of creation can be seen in the work we do every day, that our work matters, and it can reach people and leave an impression,” said Anna Treusch.  “I look forward to continuing and growing my journey as a costume designer and look forward to my continued collaborations.”  Photo: Dahlia Katz


Assessment 

Anna Treusch was selected by an assessment panel comprising Brandon Kleinman, mid-career costume designer (Toronto), Michele Smith-Gilmour, co-Artistic Director, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, and Kelly Wolf, established costume designer (Hamilton).

The assessors were unanimous in their choice of Anna Treusch as the 2022 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. They said, “Anna’s designs reflect her mature art practice and show her confidence and intelligence as an artist. She is curious and open to new ideas and new ways of creating character through her designs."

"Under The Stairs", Young People's Theatre. Written by Kevin Dyer, Directed by Micheline Chevrier, Music by Reza Jacobs, Set by Teresa Przybylsk, Lighting by Michelle Ramsay, Costumes by Anna Treusch. l to r:  Kelsey Verzotti, Paul Rainville, Fiona Sauder, Richard Lee, Kyle Orzech, Martin Julien and Neema Bickersteth. (2019) Photo:  Cylla von Tiedemann


About the Award

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award, and the Ontario Arts Council manages the nomination and adjudication process.

Previous award winners include:  Ming Wong (2021), Sean Mulcahy (2020),  and Joanna Yu (2019).   See the full list of previous recipients here.

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For more information, please contact:
Bruce Bennett, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | bbennett@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid out over $4.4 million in endowment income and $600,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-2022, the Ontario Arts Council invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations.

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2022 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards presented to Brittany Luby, Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley and Philippa Dowding

Toronto, June 22, 2022 – The 2022 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at North York's Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum School

The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from the school - a jury of four students in grade 4 and one student from the grade 6 Deaf and Hard of Hearing program selected the recipients of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 8 students selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

The student jurors are chosen for their love of reading and willingness to work in a consensus-building environment, as well as to reflect the school community.  Each student reads the shortlisted books individually, then works with their group to collectively decide on a winner.  This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.  

Winner of the Children's Picture Book Award Category
  

by Brittany Luby (Guelph, Ont.)
illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Vancouver, B.C.)
Anishinaabemowin translation by Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere
Groundwood Press

About the Book
In this lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers.


Quotes
The student jurors who selected this book were equally impressed by its text and illustrations, stating, “We love the gentle story and the vibrant colours.” They also said that telling the story in both Anishinaabemowin and English was “very cool,” and thought it would be a great way for children who speak either language to learn about the changing of the seasons. 

“As a creative, you practice hope – hope that your message will reach and resonate with others,” said author Brittany Luby. “I am beyond grateful for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award – it is a sign that my work has found good company: young readers. Thank you, miigwetch, to the student jurors for allowing me this dream.”

“Winning this award is very important to me as this book highlights Indigenous languages and Anishinaabe culture,” said illustrator Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. “It's particularly exciting to see the next generation recognizing the importance of language revitalization and celebrating Indigenous artistry.”


About the Author

Brittany Luby, of Anishinaabe descent, was raised on Treaty #3 Lands in what is now known as northwestern Ontario, and currently lives on Dish with One Spoon Territory. She is an assistant professor of history at the University of Guelph who seeks to stimulate public discussion of Indigenous issues through her work. This is her second picture book, and her first to be nominated for a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.



About the Illustrator

Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley is an Ojibwe artist and a member of Wasauksing First Nation; he splits his time between there and Vancouver. In his work, he aims to reclaim and promote traditional Ojibwe stories and teachings in a contemporary woodland style. He works mainly in acrylics, digital illustration and screen printing, and has had several solo art exhibitions across Turtle Island. This is his first picture book.




Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category

   

by Philippa Dowding (Toronto, Ont.)
DCB 

About the Book
Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home, because it was safer there. But after the bad night happens, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle, who owns a costume shop. Firefly can get used to taking baths, sleeping on a bed again, and wearing as many costumes as she can to school. But where is “home”? What is “family”? Who is Firefly, for that matter … and which costume is the real one?


Quotes
The students jurors who selected Firefly were very enthusiastic about the book. “We wish we could meet these characters in real life!” they said. “We love how the staff at the magical costume shop became a family for Firefly, and how every character evolved and grew – even the cat! Firefly is so relatable, with very human flaws, and we want to see her again in another story.”

“Thank you for this incredible honour,” said author Philippa Dowding. “To be selected by a dedicated group of grade eight readers makes the experience even more meaningful – and it could not have been an easy choice for them, as all of this year’s nominated books are so great! Receiving this award will encourage the next generation of readers to discover the book, and hopefully build awareness and empathy around the issues explored in it, including mental health, substance use, homelessness, poverty, friendship, and family.”


About the Author
Firefly is Philippa Dowding’s most recent book, and it also won the 2021 Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature. Her previous book, Oculum, was a finalist for the Diamond Willow Award and the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award. This is her first time being nominated for a Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.


About the Awards 

  • The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.
  • Two awards of $6,000 each are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.
  • The Ontario Arts Foundation administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process.
  • See the full details on the award and the list of previous laureates.

 

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Senior Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434/1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Bruce Bennett, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416-969-7413 | bbennett@oafdn.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2021-2022, the OAF paid $4.4 million in endowment income and $600,000 in awards and scholarships. 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-2022, OAC invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations.

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Shortlists for the 2022 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced

Toronto, April 26, 2022 – Today, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) released the shortlists for the 2022 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.  The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

Student juries from Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum School in North York, Ontario will debate the shortlisted books and come to a consensus on the 2022 winners.  The winning books will be announced in June 2022.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
The 2022 shortlists feature Canadian authors and illustrators from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of literary and artistic styles.   The Children's Picture Book category has stories inspired by connections to the past, along with new ideas for the future. The characters in these books are inquisitive, imaginative and full of wonder.  The Young Adult / Middle Reader category includes books featuring young people changing the way that they see the world, and how the world sees them. These transformations include both magical and real-life solutions.  

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY


Hold That Thought!
by Bree Galbraith (Vancouver, B.C.)
illustrations by Lynn Scurfield (Toronto, Ont.) Owlkids Books 


A Kid is a Kid is a Kid
by Sara O'Leary (Hudson, Que.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)  Groundwood Books 


Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know
by Brittany Luby (Guelph, Ont.)
illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Vancouver, B.C.)
Groundwood Press 


On the Trapline
by David A. Robertson (Winnipeg, Man.)
illustrations by Julie Flett (Cochrane, Alta.)
Penguin Random House 


Out into the Big Wide Lake
by Paul Harbridge (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Josée Bisaillon
(St-Hubert, Que.) 
Tundra Books 



YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY


Children of the Fox
by Kevin Sands (London, Ont.)
Tundra Books 


 

Firefly
by Philippa Dowding (Toronto, Ont.)
DCB 



The School Between Winter and
Fairyland
by Heather Fawcett (Vancouver Island, B.C.) 
HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray




Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories
by Caroline Adderson (Vancouver, B.C.)
Groundwood Books 



Tremendous Things
by Susin Nielsen (Vancouver, B.C.)
Penguin Random House 



 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, this year comprising students at Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum School. Five students in grades 4 and 6 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grades 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.


LEARN MORE

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.

The nomination committee that chose this year's shortlist consisted of Katharine Tutko (Owner, Moonbeam Books, Toronto), Mary Searle (Coordinator of Library Collections, Sudbury Public Library), and Martha Martin (Teacher-Librarian, LaSalle Public School, Greater Essex County District School Board).

  Click here to see the complete list of past laureates.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Senior Communications Coordinator, OAC

swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Bruce Bennett, Executive Director, OAF

bbennett@oafdn.ca

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.2 million in endowment income and $220,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2020-2021, the  OAC invested  its grant program budget of $53.6 million in 195 communities across Ontario through 1,828 grants to individual artists and 1,172 grants to organizations. A further one-time $25 million Arts Recovery Support Fund that the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced in March 2021 was allocated to eligible organizations the same month.

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