Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce the deadline for the Youth Opportunities Award, which is made possible through the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. The 2021 application deadline is Monday, November 15. More information and the application form can be found at guelpharts.ca/youth-opportunities-award.
Local artists, not-for-profit groups, and youth are eligible to apply for programs that initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth under age 25 to experience or become engaged in the arts in Guelph or Wellington County. Local youth are particularly encouraged to apply.
Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was established through the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that GAC sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and in 2005 Guelph Arts Council turned over the capital of the fund to The Guelph Community Foundation to create the GAC Youth Opportunities Fund. Since 2009, with revenue generated by the fund, GAC has supported arts opportunities for youth.
The amount of the award(s) varies annually. For 2021, up to $450 is available for awarding to one or more applicants. To review the applications and select the award recipient(s) each year, Guelph Arts Council appoints an award jury composed of community representatives, including arts professionals and youth. The awards are announced by the end of the year.
The 2020 Youth Opportunities Award went to Deanna Kruger of Guelph. An award-winning professional playwright, Deanna submitted her application for support in offering an innovative online playwriting workshop free of charge to youth ages 14 to 17 in Guelph and Wellington County.