Province awards Arts Grants

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Chris Palmer and singer-songwriter Jenni Roberge.

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Singer-songwriter Jenni Roberge will produce three live-performance music videos with the Atlantic String Machine with the $5,000 Arts Grant she received from the Prince Edward Island government.

Roberge is among 12 Island artists who recently received a total of $50,000 through the provincial government’s Arts Grants program. The program is very competitive, with 47 artists applying for grants this past spring.

“This funding will help me reach wider audiences by bringing my music to life on film and allowing me to use different media channels to share it with the world,” Roberge said. “I’m honoured that a jury of my peers chose my project for this funding and I’m grateful for the strong provincial support for the arts.”

The successful applicants were selected by a six-member jury of their arts community peers and follows the same model used by the Canada Council of the Arts.  

“For a small place, Prince Edward Island has an exceptionally large number of talented artists who help shape our identity and contribute to our economy – one of things that makes us a mighty Island,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “We are proud to provide this support twice a year through our Arts Grants program, and we look forward to seeing these excellent projects come to life.”

Past Arts Grants have helped Island artists produce work and advance their careers. Hans Wendt -- an accomplished visual artist and recipient of 2017 Arts Grant -- recently sold three paintings to the National Gallery of Canada.

"Through these grants, we have provided $250,000 directly to Island artists since 2016," said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. "The grants are encouraging artists to learn and grow, while contributing to the vitality of our cultural sector."

Download the full list of 2018 Arts Grants recipients

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