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This spring, the Prescott-Russell Arts Council announced the new CAPRAC Student Fund Bursaries with the objective of supporting the region’s young artists and arts & culture students in these challenging pandemic times. The bursaries are awarded to graduating students who currently live and/or attend school in the United Counties of Prescott & Russell and, will be attending a post-secondary program that reflects Art, Culture, or Heritage. Bursary winners are also given the opportunity to participate in the CAPRAC board activities and strategic planning for the organization. The CAPRAC Board of Directors would like to thank all the students who submitted their applications. The testimonies prove that the next generation of artists is strong and vibrant in the Prescott-Russell region.
We are pleased to announce this year’s student bursary recipients, Maxime L’Écuyer (É.S.P. Le Sommet) and Maxime Legault (É.S.C. L’Escale), who are both pursuing post-secondary studies in Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa this fall.
Message from CAPRAC concerning the CANADA PR 2021 event
To ensure acknowledgement and meaningful action, but more importantly to go beyond acknowledging the wrongs that have been perpetrated against indigenous communities and the enduring impacts of colonialism in our country, we consulted with community leaders from the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to better understand how we can respectfully address this issue. We decided to open the virtual event with a poetry reading. This is a collaboration between a local First Nations poet and a local poet of colonial background. This text begins as an acknowledgement but becomes an oath that recognizes what we have done, and more importantly, what needs to be done to ensure truth, action and growth in the community.