The search is on to find next year's cultural ambassador

The search is on to find next year's cultural ambassador

Search on for 2016 cultural ambassador

Past ambassadors include filmmaker Amy Bohigian, actor Lucas Myers, dancer Hiromoto Ida and the Corazon Youth Choir.

The Cultural Development Committee , on behalf of the City of Nelson, is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Nelson’s 2016 cultural ambassador in the category of visual arts.

The winner will be announced at the City of Nelson’s annual reception in December. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

Applications and nominations should be for professionals, either individuals or groups, working in the field of visual arts. Preference will be given to those who will be showing their work outside of the City limits, in addition to within Nelson.

“The cultural ambassador program is entering its eighth year, and the response we’ve had from the community has been tremendous,” says Stephanie Fischer, chair of the Cultural Development Committee.

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

The committee 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 Oct. 16. Please contact Joy Barrett, the City of Nelson’s cultural development officer at cultural@nelson.ca for an application/nomination form or further information.