Arts council supporting young artists with funds 

The Whistler Arts Council is once again offering young local artists the chance to pursue their creative dreams with a little financial assistance. Art awards worth $500 and summer bursaries of $250 are available to students within the Whistler and Pemberton school regions.

Since 1987, WAC has been recognizing artistic achievement in the visual, literary, performing and media arts by awarding talent from Myrtle Philip Community School, Whistler Secondary School, Signal Hill Elementary School and Pemberton Secondary School.

Director of the WAC, Doti Neidermayer, said one of the main reasons behind the monetary awards is to promote the growth of art in all age groups.

"We recognize there is artistic ability at any age and we feel this financial contribution can encourage Whistler's youth to pursue their artistic interests and further develop their skills."

Applications are now being accepted for two separate funding opportunities:

The WAC Art Award — Awarded to a graduating student from each school in the region. $500 will be given to one individual each from Whistler and Pemberton Secondary, while $100 will be given to a graduating student from Myrtle Philip Community School and Signal Hill Elementary in Pemberton.

The WAC Summer Arts Bursary — Allocated to a student in any grade from Myrtle Philip Community School, Whistler Secondary School, Alta Lake School, Signal Hill Elementary School and Pemberton Secondary School who will be attending an art camp this summer to further their studies in the visual, performing, literary or media arts. Bursaries of $250 each are available towards tuition, accommodation and/or travel costs.

Application forms for the Art Award or Summer Arts Bursary are available at each school or from the Whistler Arts Council at 604-935-8419. Deadline is May 2, 2003.

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