City looking for next cultural ambassador

Corazon kicked off the cultural ambassador program in fine fashion in 2009. - Submitted
Corazon kicked off the cultural ambassador program in fine fashion in 2009.
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The Cultural Development Commission, on behalf of the City of Nelson, is currently inviting applications and nominations for the position of 2012’s Nelson cultural ambassador in the category of dance. The winner will be announced at the City of Nelson’s inaugural meeting in December.

Applicants should be professionals performing in a recognized form of dance, be it traditional, contemporary, experimental or historical (e.g. folk, ballroom, etc.).

Applications can be made on an individual basis or on behalf of a dance troupe or company for a field of work. Preference will be given to dancers or companies who will be performing outside city limits, in addition to in Nelson.

“Following Corazon in 2009 and Angelika Werth in 2010, Nelson again had an excellent cultural ambassador in 2011 with author Anne DeGrace,” says the city’s cultural development officer Joy Barrett. “As well as spreading the word through a series of newspaper columns called Cultural Commentary, Anne had speaking engagements throughout Canada, and is currently launching her fourth book, Flying with Amelia.”

Three years ago, the commission established this honour in recognition of local individual artists, groups or collectives who have achieved a high standard of excellence in their artistic discipline and who are active not only in Nelson’s cultural community but extend their talents to other communities and countries.

The cultural ambassador is expected to represent and promote the City of Nelson on their travels, increasing the visibility and cultural reputation of Nelson. In return, the cultural ambassador can use their official designation in their own promotional materials, programs and fundraising.

Deadline for submissions is October 28. Contact Barrett at cultural@nelson.ca for an application/nomination form or for further information.


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