Portia White Prize, deadline July 15, is one of the province’s largest and most prestigious cultural awards and is recognized as one of Canada’s major art prizes. The recipient must be an established artist, either born in Nova Scotia or a resident in the province for the past four years. The prize is $18,000 and includes the opportunity to name an emerging Nova Scotian artist or cultural organization to receive a protégé prize of $7,000. Prix Grand Pré, deadline Aug. 15, is an annual award of $2,000 for Acadian Nova Scotian artists. It recognizes creative or interpretive artists in any medium whose work reflects Acadian cultural values while demonstrating excellence and originality. Community Arts and Recognition Award, deadline Sept. 15, is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to a community that demonstrates the value it places on the presence of arts and culture. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, the award carries a cash value of $10,000. Established Artists Recognition Award, deadline Sept. 15, is presented annually by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council to five artists considered to be in mid-career. Funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund, each award carries a cash value of $5,000. Members and supporters of the province’s arts and culture community are being encouraged to highlight creative excellence through nominations for several prestigious prizes and awards. The prizes will be awarded at the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council’s fifth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala on Oct. 29, in Halifax. “Nova Scotia is home to many talented artists and art organizations who strengthen our communities and help make life better for families,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It is important that we recognize their creative excellence and acknowledge that they make our province a better place.” Nominations are being accepted for: “The awards presented at the gala are Nova Scotia’s opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution that artists, as well as the healthy communities which support them, make to the well being of Nova Scotia,” said Joella Foulds, chair of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. For more information or to obtain a nomination form, visit the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc or contact Peter Kirby at 902-424-3422 or [email protected] .
Premier Darrell Dexter offered his congratulations today, May 9, to Irving Shipbuilding for being named one of Canada’s top 50 defence companies, and the highest-ranked shipyard in the country. Canadian Defence Review Magazine ranked Irving Shipbuilding fifth among defence companies in the country, based on the company’s economic impact, innovation, contribution to national security and support for Canada’s military. Irving’s position as the highest ranked shipyard highlights the company’s expertise as “Canada’s largest combat ship service provider.” “This ranking reaffirms what we know, that the best ships are built right here in the Maritimes,” said Premier Dexter. “Irving Shipbuilding and the Halifax Shipyard have more than 120 years of experience, a highly skilled workforce and modern facilities. This makes the company ideally suited to build Canada’s fleet for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.” Under the strategy, Irving Shipbuilding is bidding to become a centre of excellence for shipbuilding. The contracts are worth up to $35 billion, and could mean up to 4,000 good jobs in Nova Scotia for the next 30 years. Earlier this week, Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly and council unanimously endorsed Irving Shipbuilding’s bid for the national contracts. “Shipbuilding excellence in Nova Scotia predates Confederation and the Irving Company has inherited that proud tradition,” said Mayor Kelly. “The experience, skill and dedication of the Irving workforce in delivering an exceptional product within budget and on time is second to none.” Irving Shipbuilding has invested almost $90 million in skills its people training and infrastructure and technology upgrades between 2006 and 2011, and plans to continue these upgrades. “This strong No. 5 ranking is another feather in our cap and demonstrates our commitment to building top-quality ships at good value for one of our longest-standing customers, the Canadian government,” said Steve Durrell, president of Irving Shipbuilding. “This is a true testament to the expertise, commitment and effort of every member of the Irving Shipbuilding team.” More information on shipbuilding in Nova Scotia can be found at www.shipsstarthere.ca .