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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.

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

Who can apply

The awards are open to students who:

  • are graduating from a public Nova Scotia high school in 2018
  • have applied or been accepted to an arts-related post-secondary program

How it works

A jury panel will review each application for demonstrated accomplishment. Winners and finalists will be honoured at a celebration in June.

How you can apply

Prepare your application

Applications are due by April 23. Your application must include:

  • a letter of reference from a mentor or teacher
  • a cover letter explaining your artistic accomplishments and artistic extracurricular or community involvement
  • an artist’s statement (200 word maximum per statement) to accompany each piece of artistic work
  • artistic works as outlined for the category you’re applying to

Applications received or postmarked after April 23 may not be considered. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

If the work you submit uses another artist’s work or style as inspiration, you should discuss this with your arts teacher to make sure it’s appropriate for submission. Works that are heavily borrowed from other artists may not be considered original.

Prepare your submissions

Visual Arts

Includes ceramics, computer-generated art, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Submit two original pieces of art labeled with:

  • your name
  • your school
  • technique and/or medium
  • work dimensions (where applicable)
  • year of completion

Frameable artwork must be unframed and no larger than 76 by 102 cm.

Sculptures must be no larger than 76 by 102 by 76 cm.

Deliver your pieces in person, by mail or by courier no later than April 23, 2018 to:

    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    2021 Brunswick Street
    PO Box 578
    Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

Performing Arts

Includes performance art forms such as circus, dance, improv, music, spoken word and theatre.

Submit 3 performances or excerpts in a variety of settings. Clips should be between 1 and 4 minutes long, and at least 1 must be a live performance. Post your submissions to YouTube as unlisted (not private) videos.

Digital Multimedia

Includes digital multimedia such as animation, video and intermedia.

Submit 3 works or excerpts between 1 and 5 minutes long. Post your submissions to YouTube as unlisted (not private) videos.

Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM)

This award is open to musicians.

Submit 3 performances or excerpts in a variety of settings. Clips should be between 1 and 4 minutes long, and at least 1 must be a live performance. Post your submissions to YouTube as unlisted (not private) videos.

Apply online

Applications must be received by April 23.

Apply online