There are tremendous social and economic benefits to integrating the arts into our sense of place. Many of our initiatives connect the community to the arts, including making art more accessible to the public, helping children access the creative world of literacy, as well as providing scholarships to local youth pursuing a career in the arts.
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that we work, live, meet and create on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, Wendat and Haudenosaunee Peoples and adjacent to the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) community of Tyendinaga. We express gratitude to all the First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples who have been traditional and contemporary stewards of this land we call Canada.
Please read our complete Indigenous Land Acknowledgement statement.
Since 2017, our Student Arts Award has been assisting local students pursue a post-secondary degree in the arts. In 2018, the award was increased to $1000 with a streamlined application process. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of Prince Edward County and have a letter of acceptance into a post-secondary institution. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year.
Recent recipients include:
- Andie Csafordi, BDES Material Art and Design, OCAD University (2021-22)
- Heather Jones, BMus Honours, Wilfrid Laurier University (2021-22)
- Callum McDonald, BMus Piano Performance, University of Ottawa (2020-21)
- Athena Cannon, Game-Art, Durham College (2020-21)
- Cameron Galway, Post Graduate Program, Alberta Ballet School (2020-21)
- Ophelia Spinosa, Film Production, Concordia University (2019-20)
- Connor Larkin, Drawing & Painting, OCAD Univeristy (2018-19)
County Kids Read addresses the link between poverty and literacy by providing free books to low income families and at risk children and youth in Prince Edward County. Since it began in 2009, County Kids Read has built an extensive network that includes sixteen community partners, has built a Book Room in Picton, and distributes over five hundred books per month! To learn more about the program, please click here.
County Collection breathes art into the community’s everyday life by displaying member’s work in public places, such as Shire Hall, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, Edward Building, Prince Edward Family Health Team Clinic and Prince Edward County Hospice. Work is refreshed twice a year – May & October.
Through our Artists in the Community program, artist members receive a grant to engage local residents in a participatory art experience. Our Public Art program, which contributes artist fees to support the realization of public art projects, brings creativity to our public spaces and contributes to our community’s sense of belonging. Both initiatives are funded through our Artist Fund.