Mayor Deb Kozak presented dancer Slava Doval with the 2018 Cultural Ambassador award a year ago. Nominations are open for the 2019 ambassador. Photo: City of Nelson

Nominations open for Nelson’s 2019 cultural ambassador

This year’s award will go to a theatre performer

The Cultural Development Committee, on behalf of the City of Nelson, is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Nelson’s 2019 Cultural Ambassador in the category of theatre performance. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium and the winner will be announced in December.

Applications and nominations should be for professionals, either individuals or groups, working in the field of theatre performance. Preference will be given to those who will be performing outside of the city limits, in addition to within Nelson.

The award is given to someone in a different artistic discipline each year.

“The Cultural Ambassador program is entering its tenth year, and the response we’ve had from the community has been tremendous,” says committee chair Sydney Black.

“The roster of talented professionals we’ve had representing our city is impressive: dancer Slava Doval, writer Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, visual artist Ian Johnston, musician Bessie Wapp, filmmaker Amy Bohigian, actor Lucas Myers, dancer Hiromoto Ida, author Anne DeGrace, fibre artist Angelika Werth, and the Corazón Youth Choir. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the city to recognize and reward the exceptional talent we have here.”

The Cultural Ambassador is expected to represent and promote the city 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 Oct. 30.

Contact Joy Barrett at cultural@nelson.ca for an application or nomination form or for further information.

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