MASC's Spring 18 Newsletter Spring 2018 Newsletter

SprIng 2018 International Spotlight Award NTER 2017 I N AT I O NAL www . mASconlIne . cA Four representatives of MASC Awesome Arts traveled together to Washington D.C. to receive an International Spotlight Award from the American National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP). MASC Executive Director, Audrey Churgin, Community Engagement Program Director, Micheline Shoebridge, Artist, Jamaal Jackson-Rogers and youth participant, Akuol Luala were there to enjoy the three-day celebration featuring a presentation of the MASC Awesome Arts model at a cultural exchange retreat and a formal ceremony. We were very pleased to be joined by Minister Katherine Baird from the Canadian Embassy in Washington, who conveyed congratulations for this award and helped us OR N O H celebrate our experience at the IGHT SP OTL ceremony. e Arts ) Awesom hools and Communities r Sc ral Arts fo ulti-Cultu ada MASC (M ario, Can nt O a, Ottaw The NAHYP Award was the United States' highest honour for after-school arts and humanities programs that reach underserved youth. “In its final and nineteenth year, this recognition program highlights and supported 12 exceptional organizations across the country. Additionally, one outstanding organization was selected from another country for the International Spotlight honor to underscore the universal benefits of arts and humanities education and encourage cross-cultural awareness.” * This year, Canada was selected as the spotlight country in recognition of its 150th celebrations and MASC’s Awesome Arts Program was chosen as its Canadian honoree. Awesome Arts is one of MASC’s most successful programs. Residents of all ages, from 5 to 95, work alongside professional artists in bilingual and multidisciplinary arts programs to explore personal and community issues. In generating creative responses through a variety of art forms - visual and literary arts, music, film, and video projects, they raise awareness of local issues, foster thought-provoking conversations and insights and help to create positive change in their community. In addition to creative experiences in the performing and visual arts, Awesome Arts also mentors youth interns on how to facilitate workshops and provide information about the diverse field of cultural programming in Ottawa. .....continued overleaf L to R: Jamaal Jackson Rogers, Akuol Luala, Katherine Baird, Audrey Churgin and Micheline Shoebridge