Cultivating Creativity: Funding the dreams of the next generation

By Janet Jarrell
Executive Director, Quinte Arts Council

The Quinte Arts Council recently awarded bursaries to six Quinte-region graduates to help support their arts career dreams as they head off to post-secondary school this fall.

Grace Lindsay, who lives in Tweed and graduated from Centennial Secondary School (CSS), is the first recipient of the Elaine A. Small bursary. At the age of three, a car accident left Grace battling with Selective Mutism. When she was in Grade 4, her parents enrolled her in a theatre program – an experience that freed Grace from the terrifying anxiety to speak.

“When she sings in concert, I am often brought to the verge of tears by the emotional power of her performance,” says David Reed, Grace’s music teacher. Grace is studying Music at Wilfred Laurier University with the aim of becoming a music therapist.

Ben Reed of Belleville is the recipient of the Quinte Arts Council Student bursary. Before graduating from CSS, he was involved with the school concert band, jazz ensemble and choir, and was a member of the stage crew for the arts department, student council and the student arts council. He also volunteers with the Commodores Jazz Orchestra, acts as student representative for the Quinte Arts Council, is a percussionist in the Quinte Symphony and teaches drum lessons. He was the co-valedictorian at his graduation, and was accepted into the ConEd Music program at Queen’s University.

“Ben is passionate about music, but is also dedicated to using his leadership skills to improve the arts both within his school, and in his community,” says Amanda Thorton, teacher and department head, CSS.

Bailey MacIver of Tweed, also graduating from CSS, is off to OCAD University this fall to study Illustration in the Fine Arts Program. Bailey was a peer tutor at CSS, had extensive involvement with school theatre productions, the Christmas sharing program and arts night. She has already exhibited her art work at the Parrott Gallery, the Catherine Glover Art Gallery and Quinn’s of Tweed. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2019 Teacher’s Federation OSSTF\FEESO provincial award for “her powerful mixed media drawing representing a glimpse into global warming and climate change effects,” and most recently the Quinte Arts Council Student bursary.

Nicole Cao of Belleville graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Eastside Secondary School where she was a member of the student arts council and student council, as well as a tutor in multiple subjects. She’s also youth member of the BDIA and summer arts camp leader. She speaks three languages and had an amazing opportunity to study in Germany for a year. Nicole received the Hugh P. O’Neill Student Arts Bursary and is off to the University of Waterloo to study Architecture.

Jessica Silva of Trenton is a graduating student of St. Paul’s Catholic Secondary School and winner of the Hugh P. O’Neill Student Arts Bursary. Her list of achievements include president of the student council, member of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regional Chorus, church choir, and the school band. She has received numerous awards including the Father Fogarty Award and the Catholic Student Volunteer of the Year award. Lisa Romano, Principal of St. Paul’s, describes her as a “hard worker and a dedicated student leader whose greatest gift is her incredible kindness. Jessica is a quiet leader but her influence is no less powerful.”

Miles Cakebread-Kraus of Wellington was awarded the Susan Richardson Bursary to support a student proceeding to further education in music. Before graduating from CSS, Miles was a dedicated member of the school Concert Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra. He has played guitar since the age of 10 and drums since Grade 7. His accolades include being accepted into the first ever Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s Youth Jazz Ensemble. Robert Keys, his guitar teacher, says, “It’s great to see a young person who knows what they want in life and is not afraid to put in both the time and effort to reach that vision. Miles also possess some wonderful natural talent. That’s a rare commodity!” Miles is continuing on to Humber’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz.