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Composer Afarin Mansouri is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award

Toronto, October 24, 2022 -  Afarin Mansouri (Toronto) is the recipient of this year’s $10,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. This award is in support of Mansouri’s new opera Zuleykha, which is sung in the Farsi language and features traditional Eastern music within the European operatic tradition.  The opera was commissioned by Loose Tea Music Theatre and premiered this past summer at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  

About Afarin Mansouri

Dr. Afarin Mansouri is an award-winning composer and musicologist whose works have been performed in Canada, the United States, England, Iran, and South America. Afarin has collaborated with various organizations and festivals such as Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, Queen’s University, Willard Laurier University, Tirgan Festival, Toronto Nuit Blanche, and the YOU Dance program at the National Ballet of Canada.

In the past few years Afarin has devoted her compositional career to producing operas including, The Journey, Notes of Hope: Saffronic; Forbidden; Queen of Swords; Lullaby at the Shore; Morning Prayers, and more recently Zuleykha.  In September 2022, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed Afarin’s celebration prelude Mithra which was dedicated to the Iranian women who are fighting for their freedom.

Afarin received a PhD in music from York University in 2019 with her research focusing on the topic of children’s opera, its history, and effects on the development of intellectual skills. As an educator and researcher, Afarin has presented various research papers, lectures, and opera workshops on national and international level. She is the founder and director of Music Nest (www.musicnest.org) which has developed new methods of combining storytelling and music pedagogy.



Zuleykha Trailer, May 2021 at the Watershed Music Festival
opera by Afarin Mansouri, directed, filmed, and edited by Alaina Viau
Cultureland in partnership with Loose Tea Music Theatre


About the Award
The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected from the applicants to the Ontario Arts Council Music Creation Projects program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Suad Bushnaq (2021), Parisa Sabet (2020), and Jordan Pal (2019).


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (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 over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 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 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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Artist Miguel Hernandez Autorino awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, October 11, 2022 - Miguel Hernandez Autorino (Peterborough) is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $7,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Miguel Hernandez Autorino

Miguel Hernandez Autorino is a Venezuelan artist and designer who immigrated to Canada in 2014 and is now living in Peterborough. Miguel creates oil paintings, pencil drawings and murals. Miguel’s art is inspired by events and emotions that changed his life. He has participated in multiple juried shows. In the last year, Miguel has created multiple public pieces in downtown Peterborough, including at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the New Canadians Centre. Miguel teaches one on one private lessons and drawing classes at the Art School of Peterborough. Miguel sits on the Board of Directors of the Art School of Peterborough as Co-chair and is an active volunteer in the community. @Autorino88jm 



About the Award

The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter.  Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.  

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council’s peer assessment process from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Roberto Rosenman (2021), Mike Gough (2020), and Alex Bierk (2019). See the full list of previous recipients.


Why I left, Oil on Canvas,  16” x 20” 2022


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (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 over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 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 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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Gina Wilkinson Prize 2023 - Call for Nominations now Open

Toronto, October 3, 2022 – Thank you to all our generous donors who supported Gina’s Prize during our 10th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign in 2022! 

Gina’s Prize is going strong and is now accepting nominations for 2023.

Eligibility
Theatre artists from underrepresented genders which includes cis women, trans women, and non-binary folks who have acquired foundational training (from a training program or through experience) and have worked for at least 5 years are eligible for Gina’s Prize. Artists must also be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, as defined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or as a self-identifying Indigenous artist.


The Prize
Gina’s Prize is awarded annually, offering financial support to an inspirational theatre artist with a demonstrated body of work and who is recognized by their communities for their practice, leadership and dedication to their craft. Gina’s Prize shines a spotlight on an artist whose practice and leadership merits recognition at this stage of their evolution.

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the 2023 recipient.
A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to each of two finalists.
Past nominated artists may re-apply.

The Process
1. A nomination letter from an artistic collaborator, (with a maximum of one additional support letter if desired), who can speak to the nominee’s artistic practice, values, and the ways in which they create space and care for other artists.  Please also speak to why this moment in their evolution is a time to be recognized.

       
2. In the spirit of Gina’s interdisciplinary artistry (dancer, visual artist, actor, director, playwright) nominated artists may submit: 

  • a written document  (to a maximum of 3 pages);
    OR
  • one of the following to a maximum of 5 minutes: video vignette, photos, mixed media, movement piece or other, to share with us:
    • Where are you in your evolution as a theatre artist/leader?
    • Please share the values that guide your process, how these values inform your practice/leadership, and how your work embodies them.
    • Describe how your practice contributes to the artistic community and beyond, as well as how it considers future generations of theatre artists.
    • What does Gina's Prize mean to you in this moment?

3.      The nominated artist’s headshot and CV 

The Gina’s Prize selection committee consists of: Micheline Chevrier, Krista Jackson, Ann-Marie Kerr, Lindsay Lachance, Kimberley Rampersad, Tom Rooney & Jovanni Sy.

Nominators please email all materials to:ginasprize@gmail.com

Deadline: December 15, 2022


About the Prize

Gina's Prize pays tribute to Gina Wilkinson, who passed away in 2010, and whose dedication, vision and indomitable spirit imbued her work and her life.

Gina’s interdisciplinary artistry as a dancer, visual artist, actor, playwright and director established herself as a daring, strong, inventive leader and collaborator in the Canadian theatre. She believed in the necessity of fun in the rehearsal hall, on and off stage, and in all aspects of one’s life. In the spirit of Gina's appetite for life, the Prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses.

Gina’s Prize honours artists who work across Turtle Island on both treaty and unceded territories. Through this prize, we look to acknowledge and amplify their relationship to the land they live on and the communities they serve.   

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For more information about the Award:
Krista Jackson & Kimberley Rampersad, Committee Co-Leaders
ginasprize@gmail.com
www.ginasprize.ca


For more information about the Ontario Arts Foundation:

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 $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

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