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Ming Wong honoured with the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto, May 5, 2021 – Toronto-based costume designer Ming Wong is the 2021 recipient of the $25,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to a professional costume designer in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their career.

About Ming Wong

Ming is a Toronto costume designer and has worked on a variety of projects in theatre, dance, opera, and film & television. She is a graduate of the Integrated Media program at the Ontario College of Art & Design, is an Evie Award nominee, and a 5-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee. Ming came into costume design by accident and has been lucky enough to make this happy accident her passion and livelihood for over 15 years. 

Selected credits: Hansel und Gretel (Canadian Opera Company); Julius Caesar (Groundling Theatre/Crow’s); The Color Purple (Citadel Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Every Day She Rose (Nightwood Theatre); Beautiful Man (Factory Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (Modern Times Stage Company); Unsafe (Canadian Stage); Gertrude & Alice (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Out The Window (Luminato); Girls Like That (Tarragon Theatre); Life After (Musical Stage Company); The Wedding Party (Crow’s  Theatre); hang (Obsidian Theatre); Rocking Horse Winner  (Tapestry Opera). Film & television credits include: Breaking Down (Iskwē, music video); Supers (Good Film & TV, short film); Scales (Fruitful Productions, short film). 

Current and upcoming projects: Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats/Soulpepper); The Velveteen Rabbit (Carousel Players); New Monuments (Canadian Stage/Luminato); Trouble in Mind (Shaw Festival); Things I know to be True (Company Theatre/Mirvish).
 
She is incredibly excited for the time when travel is safe and can put this award to good use.

Jury 
Ming Wong was selected by a jury comprising Alan Dilworth, Artistic Director, Necessary Angel Theatre Company (Toronto), Rachel Forbes, emerging costume designer (Toronto), and Camellia Koo, 2016 Cooper laureate, established costume designer (Toronto).

The jury was unanimous in their choice of Ming Wong as the 2021 laureate, stating, "Ming’s designs are bold, innovative and inspiring. The collaborative process is at the centre of her work in design. Ming’s artistic voice is focused and committed, helping to create characters with depth and authenticity."

The Color Purple, 2019 - Amber Tomlin, Sarah Nairne, Jameela McNeil, Maiko Munroe, Masini McDermott - photo by Ian Jackson (Citadel/RMTC) | Director – Kimberley Rampersad | Set Design – Bryan Perchaluk |  Lighting Design – Hugh Conacher | Sound Design – Peter McBoyle  |  Music Direction – Floydd Ricketts


About the Award

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award, and the Ontario Arts Council manages the nomination and adjudication process.

Previous award winners include:  Sean Mulcahy (2020), Joanna Yu (2019) and Gillian Gallow (2018).   See the full list of previous recipients here.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid out over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2019-2020, the Ontario Arts Council invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations.

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2020 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, April 9, 2021 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2020 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants

Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa $7,500

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener $9,000

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa $5,000

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay $10,000


Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston $6,000

Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford $7,500


Thunder Bay Art Gallery acquisition:  Olivia Whetung, #35 (detail), 2015, 10/0 seed beads, thread, steel. Dimensions variable. Installation view from Beads, they’re sewn so tight, Textile Museum of Canada, October 10, 2018 to May 26, 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

“The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program has been a welcome source of additional funding that Ontario art galleries can tap into to help build their permanent collections and strengthen community engagement,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “It is heartening to see, even under the immense challenges galleries have faced this past year amidst the pandemic, they have come forward with innovative community building projects and inspiring new acquisitions – supporting their mandate and honouring their donor and gallery supporters desires to deepen their collections.”  

Acquisition grants are matching grants for private donations raised by public galleries and museums for the acquisition of Canadian works of art for their permanent collection. Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, and help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public.

The grant decisions were made by an Ontario Arts Council jury made up of arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of public gallery activities in Ontario. The 2020 jury members were Carolyn Bell Farrell (Barrie); Linda Grussani (Ottawa); and Sally Frater (Hamilton).

The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.


For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid out over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to protecting Canada's water and empowering Canada's North. We seek opportunities to amplify underrepresented voices, elevate emerging issues, and collaborate with like-minded organizations to drive powerful, sustainable outcomes.  

 

About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. Her passions and interests, in addition to friends and family, were about art, museums, for showing and sharing art publicly, and for the public value of good design.  Her contribution to the Gordon Foundation was to insist on grants for the arts.  For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through The Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.

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Ruben Esguerra Honoured with Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, April 6, 2021 - Ruben Esguerra is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator AwardThe award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education.


About Ruben Esguerra

Ruben “Beny” Esguerra aka Dr. Ru arrived as a child in Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada) from Bacatá (Bogotá, Colombia) as a political refugee with his parents, who were receiving threats for their human rights activism. Today, Beny Esguerra is a JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken word poet, arts educator and community worker.

As a musician/producer and spoken word poet, he 
leads New Tradition Music, performing regularly in national and international festivals. As an arts educator, he has designed courses taught at Canadian Universities and currently facilitates interactive workshops, bringing innovative virtual and in-person drumming, storytelling and beat making as a healthy form of self expression to schools across Ontario. As a community worker, he is the music director and facilitator of several community arts programs within organizations such as: Vibe Arts, Lula Music and Arts Centre, Right Path World Arts, Casa Maiz and Children’s Peace Theatre. In addition, he co-leads the NTM Mobile Studio Project which provides access to equipment and mentorship to Jane Finch (Tkaronto) artists across different neighbourhoods–releasing a yearly volume of albums called Wheel It Studios. Ruben is a PhD (ABD) candidate in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in Colombian traditional music and Hip Hop culture.

His upcoming album–A New Tradition VOL 3–combines spoken word and hip hop with Latinx rhythms and melodies set to be released in the summer/fall of 2021.

Ruben 'Beny' Esguerra - Virtual and In-Person Interactive Workshops. 

About the Award
The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award recognizes an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award.  The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process.  The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council's peer assessment process from the applicants to the Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program.

Previous recipients include Zvondai Muchenje (2019), Chuck Commanda (2018), and Yaovi Hoyi (2017).  See the full list of previous recipients.


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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2019-2020 the Ontario Arts Council invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations. 

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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