The Cultural Development Commission (CDC), on behalf of the City of Nelson, is currently inviting applications and nominations for the position of 2011’s Nelson Cultural Ambassador.
“This year’s category is literary arts, and for the first time there will be a $500 cash prize attached to the honour, provided by co-sponsors Otter Books and Packrat Annie’s,” explains Joy Barrett, the City’s Cultural Development Officer.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.
The literary arts includes fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and creative non-fiction. Exclusions include non-narrative journalism (news reporting), academic, and technical writing.
Applicants should have published work that has been (or will be) distributed outside of the community. Preference will be given to writers who will be presenting their work outside the city limits, such as tours, residencies or workshops, in addition to presenting activities in our home community.
The CDC would like to take this opportunity to thank Otter Books and Packrat Annie’s for co-sponsoring this year’s award. A locally-owned, independent bookstore, Otter Books promotes local authors and books of local interest, offering the best selection in both these areas.
Packrat Annie's is a local institution that has been in business for over 26 years, offering an eclectic mix of used books, and new and used music.
Nelson’s 2010 Cultural Ambassador was fibre artist Angelika Werth.
“Angelika represented the Nelson Arts community in her travels throughout Canada and Paris, France,” said Stephanie Fischer, the chair of the CDC.
Two years ago, the CDC established this honour in recognition of local individual artists, groups or collectives who have achieved a high standard of excellence in their artistic discipline and who are active not only in Nelson’s cultural community but extend their talents to other communities and countries.
The Cultural Ambassador is expected to represent and promote the city of Nelson on their travels, increasing the visibility and cultural reputation of Nelson. In return, the Cultural Ambassador can use their official designation in their own promotional materials, programs and fundraising.
Deadline for submissions is Nov. 1. Please contact Joy Barrett, the City of Nelson’s Cultural Development Officer, for an application/nomination form or for further information.