Presentation of Warden’s Arts Awards recognizes ‘October is Arts Month’ in Northumberland

Cobourg, ON – October 15, 2014 – Northumberland County Council today celebrated ‘October is Arts Month’ with the annual presentation of the Warden’s Arts Awards. Sponsored by Northumberland County and delivered in collaboration with Spirit of the Hills, the Brighton Arts Council, and the Arts Council of Northumberland, the awards recognize individuals and businesses based on the breadth and depth of their commitment to the arts, as well as the length of time they have supported the arts community.

"The Warden's Arts Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals and businesses that support the development and promotion of the arts throughout Northumberland County," stated Warden Linda Thompson. "Council applauds today's recipients for their outstanding contributions to the arts community, whether through volunteerism or sponsorship."

Council congratulates the following individuals and organizations:

Outstanding Youth - Ewan Mireault

Ewan has been a youth volunteer with the VOS Theatre since he was 6 years old and appeared onstage in Camelot with the organization. Even though Ewan has a full life that includes school, choirs and volleyball, he is always available to the VOS to assist however he can, whether it is helping his parents paint the Theatre’s street piano or dancing and singing in one of the shows. Ewan has currently taken on the responsibility of Dance Captain, helping the rest of the cast whenever they need rehearsal, and is donating his time to take on a role in the show that the Theatre needed him to fill. He approaches every project with an incredible sense of humour and a dedication fitting of an adult volunteer.

Outstanding Adult - David Sheffield

David is a tireless volunteer to the arts, including poetry and creative arts, and he works extensively to address issues of poverty in the community. There is no other volunteer who has devoted the sheer number of hours to arts causes and to the vulnerable and underserved as David, including Greenwood Coalition, Cobourg Festival of Poetry, Shelter Valley Folk Festival and many other art projects too numerous to mention.

Outstanding Corporate Sponsor - The New Classical 103.1 FM -Tony Prinzen

Classical 103.1 FM contributes extensively to the arts community by sponsoring many concerts and events and providing complimentary advertising airtime. The station also airs six ‘Arts & Events’ reports daily, benefiting numerous arts groups, many of whom have little or no budget to promote their events.

Outstanding Business Sponsor Impresario Art Market – Rebecca Baptista

Rebecca has consistently encouraged quality and innovation in an ever-growing number of artisans, artists and performers. Her popular business is a strong supporter of the Art Gallery of Northumberland and the Arts Council, and she has volunteered her space to host events and gatherings of people in the arts.

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