Local artists receive NSTT scholarships

FALL RIVER: Three artists from the Fall River, Windsor Junction, and Lakeview areas were among the 46 from across the province announced as Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) 2016 recipients.

Katherine MacDonald of Windsor Junction and Lucie Schmidt of Lakeview received scholarships for their studies in modern/contemporary dance; while Charlotte Warr of Fall River received one for fashion design.

The NSTT gave away $75,000 split between the 46 artists in fields ranging from dance, theatre, media (film), music, visual and literary arts. Their studies take them to far away places in Canada, USA, Scotland, Germany, England, Switzerland, and Spain.

“These emerging artists were chosen from a field of 117 applications,” said a release from the NSTT.

Applications were received from various parts of the province, from Kentville to Glace Bay, Head of Jeddore to Amherst.

They were reviewed by the volunteer Scholarship Selection Committee members, which is an independent committee made up of 12 professional artists, two of each discipline.

“These professional artists commit many hours to review applications and meet in April and June to decide who receives a scholarship,” the release added.

Five of the 46 scholarships are supported by the NS Arts Endowment Fund in the amount of $2,000 each.

All other scholarships are supported by generous donors, through grants, and the support from the NSTT’s community partners.

Since its creation in 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $2 million dollars in scholarships to over 1900 recipients.