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.
Here are excerpts from each of the recipients’ answers to the question “Why are arts, culture and heritage important to a community, and how do you propose contributing to yours?”:
“Arts, culture, and heritage are very important to the well-being of a community, as they help tell our story and leave our mark on the world. We feel pride in our accomplishments, a memory of the events that have marked our history. It is by knowing our past that we can continue in the present and know ourselves better. [...] The arts provide inspiration, people can identify and recognize themselves in the works, creating a sense of belonging.” – Maxime L’Écuyer, École secondaire publique Le Sommet, Hawkesbury.
“The arts are essential. The arts allow a community to grow because they are not only a reflection but a form of expression of society. Whether it is visual artists, authors, poets, music groups, singers, filmmakers, dancers, actors and comedians, comedians, etc., any artist who is involved in his or her community makes a great contribution. Art brings a community together and encourages artists to better themselves.” – Maxime Legault, École secondaire catholique L’Escale, Rockland.
The Arts Council is eager to continue supporting our region’s young and emerging artists through our pay-what-you-can membership, accessible to all members of the community. Membership includes a subscription to our monthly newsletter, and member’s bulletin (news and calls to artists, networking opportunities, resources), a member profile on our website, and access to the CAPRAC Gallery for the online exhibition and sale of artwork, promotion of arts, culture and heritage events in our networks, and much more! Become a member of CAPRAC today and become part of the growing arts, culture, and heritage community in Prescott and Russell!