With a ceremonial hand-over the keys, Donna Morrison became the Community Arts Council of Prince George’s 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence. Handing over the keys is last year’s Artist-in-Residence Michael Kast while Sean Farrell, Arts Council Executive Director, looks on. Bill Phillips photo
Michael Kast, one of last year’s Artists-in-Residence relinquished the keys Wednesday as Morrison moved into her new digs.
“I am so honoured, I feel blessed,” said Morrison, who teaches art to children. “There comes a time in every mentor’s journey where she needs to be mentored too.”
Kast said the experience was very worthwhile.
“My opportunity to be an Artist-in-Residence has allowed my to grow exponentially as an artist,” said Kast. “Not only as an artist, but grow within the community.”
Now in its sixth year, the Artist-in-Residence program has established a reputation of helping to launch and develop the careers of talented visual artists in a diverse range of media. Last year, the Community Arts Council supported Lynette LaFontaine, a traditional Métis artist and Kast, a photographic/mixed media artist, both of whom drew attention to the artistic and cultural diversity that defines our contemporary community. This year, they have selected a seasoned visual artist, known throughout our community as a both an artistic pedagogue and mentor.
“Because of this wonderful program I am able to do both things that I love to do,” she said. “That is mentor kids of all ages … and paint. I do know I have something to say now through my own painting and it’s time I did that.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Artist-in-Residence program is intended to accommodate artists for a period of one year for the development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work.
Components of the program include:
- No-cost studio space at Studio 2880
- Administrative and mentorship support
- Website, newspaper, radio, TV and social media coverage throughout the term
- Opportunities to display and sell artwork at CAC events
- Minimum one, 30-day, Feature Gallery Exhibit
The Artist-in-Residence also facilitates outreach activities such as talks, workshops and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development, and provide access to a diverse range arts practices within the community. During the term of the residency, the artist also delivers art classes for children, adults and seniors.
The artists in residence to date have included Corey Hardeman, Cliff Mann, Crystal Tarr, Carla Joseph, Michael Kast and Lynette LaFontaine.
“This past year was really a unique experience in having dynamic individuals such as Michael and Lynette being part of the Studio 2880 community, and when we reviewed the applications for this year, Donna’s really stood out to us.” said Sean Farrell, Arts Council Executive Director. “Donna is an inspiring artist with a global perspective and our belief is that by having her maintain an instructional studio on site this year, the Artist-in-Residence will make a significant contribution to our efforts to engage more community members. We look forward to enjoying many wonderful creative experiences with Donna, who will be an important participant at all of our signature events and outreach initiatives this year.”
For more information on the Artist-in-Residence Program, please contact Lisa Redpath, Program Manager, 250-563-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.