Minister’s Awards for Creative Excellence in the Arts

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with the arts community to recognize grade 12 students who excel in visual arts, performing arts, digital multimedia and music.

The four winners will receive scholarships to help them pursue post-secondary studies in the creative arts.

Students can apply to one of the 4 awards:

  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Award for Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Award for Excellence in Performing Arts
  • Award for Excellence in Digital Multimedia
  • Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM)

Three $1000 scholarships will be granted according to overall merit (not necessarily one each in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and digital multimedia). CASEM includes a $500 award and a mentorship with musical artist Charlie A’Court.

Music applicants can apply to only 1 award – either Charlie A’Court or Performing Arts.

In addition, up to 15 students will be selected as finalists and will each receive $100.

Submissions for all categories—Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Digital Multimedia, and Music—can be uploaded through our online application form:

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Applications for the 2021 awards will be due May 3.