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April 8, 2009
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2009 PEI National Artists Program Team Announced
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour
“I am pleased to announce that Laurie Campbell, Max Keenlyside and Lisa Theriault have been chosen to represent Prince Edward Island in the National Artists Program at the 2009 Canada Games,” said Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. “These young artists are an integral part of Team PEI and were chosen from the best in the province. I am proud that Laurie, Max and Lisa will represent PEI, and I look forward to seeing their work during the Canada Games.”
The National Artist Program (NAP) began in 1999 as a cultural component of Canada Games. The program brings together talented youth from every province and territory for an intensive two weeks, giving artists the opportunity to work with mentors in a wide variety of artistic disciplines, to develop their skills, and to showcase their talents.
NAP artists will be challenged to interpret the Games theme both individually and collectively through their art and then share the results of these explorations with other artists, athletes and the public. They will also be involved in workshops and other events during the Canada Games. The National Artist Program will be held at multiple locations across Prince Edward Island from August 15 to August 29.
The successful applicants were selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the PEI Council of the Arts, Provincial Canada Games Committee and the Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour.
BACKGROUNDER: 2009 NAP ARTISTS
Hometown: Summerside, PEI
Discipline: Theatre Arts
Artistic Experience: Laurie has studied music (voice) at Mount Allison University and is presently enrolled at Ryerson University in Toronto in the theatre arts program. She graduated from Three Oaks Senior High School (TOSH) in Summerside. During her high school years, she was in the TOSH Band and on the AA Senior Women’s Volleyball team. She has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2007 Summerside Youth of the Year Award. She performed at the Victoria Playhouse in Turncoat Hill (2006) and Lord What Fools (2005). Laurie is an active community volunteer and has served as Chair of the TOSH Relay for Life team in 2006-07, a Special Olympics Coach’s Assistant in swimming, a member of Youth Who Care, and on the Prince County Hospital Youth Board.
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI
Discipline: Music Arts
Artistic Experience: Max is a high school student at Colonel Grey Senior High. He has been composing and performing music since he was 11 years old. He has 39 compositions to date, mostly within the classic ragtime idiom as well as other styles including military marches and early jazz. As a performer, he has attended numerous ragtime music festivals and won second place in the 2007 Junior division of the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing contest. Max plans to enter the music program at the University of Prince Edward Island next year. He played on a CD recorded by the Young Arts Council of Charlottetown, entitled Rock the Row. As well as excelling in piano, Max plays trombone in the Colonel Gray Senior Concert Band and Senior Jazz Band.
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI
Discipline: Visual Arts
Artistic Experience: Lisa will participate in the visual arts category. The Grade 11 French Immersion student at Charlottetown Rural High School is a talented, versatile and a committed student, often challenging herself beyond the scope of the high school art program. She uses various media in her work, including acrylic, water colour and pencil. She has a background in music arts as well and plays cello with the Singing Strings Orchestra. As an athlete, she has excelled in soccer, participating as a member of provincial soccer teams for five years and at the national level for PEI on three occasions.