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Students Select Winners of 2004 Childrenís Book Award

Toronto, May 11, 2004 ó Students from Nelson Mandela Park Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario, today announced the winners of the 2004 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.These national awards ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognize authors and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.

The younger student jury awarded the children's picture book prize to The Subway Mouse             (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.) written and illustrated by Toronto author, Barbara Reid. Ottawa writer Brian Doyle won the young adult/middle reader book category for his book Boy O'Boy (Groundwood Books). Each author receives $5,000.

The five grade 3 and 4 students chose The Subway Mouse because it was ìan exciting adventure book with beautiful pictures.î  Five students in grades 7 and 8 chose Boy O'Boy as the best young adult/middle reader book, describing it as ìadventurous and powerfulî and showing the ìvalue of friendship.î

The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. This year, the  Schwartz family decided to rename the awards the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards to honour Sylvia.  Sylvia was a well-known photographer in Toronto from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children.  She specialized in children's portraiture, delighting in her subjects' spirit of fun.

Each year, the Ontario Arts Council selects an Ontario school to provide the juries for the prizes.  The administration of these awards is shared by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation; the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the jury process; and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members choose the short list of books.

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For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council
(416) 969-7403 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403
email kgunter@arts.on.ca

 

The 2004 K.M. Hunter Artists Awards

The 2004 K.M. Hunter Artists Awards
-  "Supporting the emerging artist." -

Toronto, April 26, 2004 ó The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the annual K.M. Hunter Artists Awards.  

DANCE CO-WINNERS: Kate Alton and Michael Trent    
LITERATURE:                  Nila Gupta
MUSIC:                              Quinsin Nachoff
THEATRE:                        Marjorie Chan
VISUAL ARTS:                 June Pak

Host Laurie Brown introduced this year's winners at a reception at The Indian Motorcycle Club.  The evening included video performances of this year's recipients and the mention of a new category film/interdisciplinary creation to be added to the five pre-existing categories in 2005.  The six artists join the more than thirty previous recipients who have gone on to distinguish themselves in their respective fields. 

Now in its ninth year, The K.M. Hunter Artists Awards are five awards of $8000 each for artists living in Ontario in each of the fields of dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

Martin Hunter, the son of Kenneth Martin Hunter and a theatrical director keenly interested in the arts, established The K.M. Hunter Artists Awards in 1996 as a way to support younger artists at a critical point in their development.  They are awarded annually to artists who have completed their professional training and have begun to establish themselves and make an impact in their chosen field.  Unlike many awards that are for the well-established artist, these awards are intended to give younger artists the recognition and encouragement to continue with their work. They are given to people who have demonstrated both talent and the potential for further development. Imagination, originality and the determination to achieve are taken into consideration.

The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation is named after the late Kenneth Martin Hunter, a Toronto businessman who was the major shareholder in the Buntin Reid Paper Company Limited, as a means of contributing to the welfare of the community in which he had lived and worked for the majority of his life. This foundation is well-known for its regular and generous grants, donations and awards primarily in the areas of medical research and social welfare. Since the Foundation's inception in 1966, approximately $6 million has been given out in grants, donations and awards.  Martin and his daughter Sarah Hunter are continuing to support these fields, and have added with projects in the areas of nature conservation, international development and cultural activities.

The K.M. Hunter Artists Awards are administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, a public charitable foundation that encourages and facilitates private giving to the arts. Winners are selected by juries of experienced artists from applicants recommended by Ontario Arts Council juries.

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For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Gunter, OAC Communications  (416) 969-7403 or
toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403
email kgunter@arts.on.ca

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Short List for National Childrenís Book Award Announced

Toronto, March 23, 2004 ó The Ontario Arts Council Foundation today announced the shortlists for the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award (See attached list). This national award ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognizes writers and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.

Two juries of schoolchildren from Nelson Mandela Park Junior and Senior Public School, in Toronto, Ontario, will review the books and announce the winners on May 11, 2004 at a special event at the school.

The young adult/middle reader book category is judged by students in grades 7 and 8.  The winning author will receive a $5,000 prize.  Students in grades 3 and 4 will award the $5,000 children's picture book prize, which is split between the author and illustrator.

The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in honour of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. The administration of this award is shared by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation; the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the juries; and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members choose the short list of books.

Short List for the 2004 Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Awards attachment (94 KB)

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For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council
(416) 969-7403 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403
email kgunter@arts.on.ca

 

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