Thanking special people

by Jini Stolk

Many congratulations to Gary Hall, winner of this year’s Sandra Tulloch Award. Because Gary’s career is in the visual arts, you may not all be familiar with his outstanding cultural leadership. He’s been an innovator (founding Gallery TPW and co-founding the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario, the CARFAC Copyright Collective and ArtsBuild Ontario), a leader of all those organizations and more, a strong and consistent advocate for the arts, and a major force behind the upcoming multi-disciplinary media-arts facility in West Queen West. Cheers, Gary. Well done.

Pioneering theatre photographer Nir Bareket‘s work is on display at the Market Gallery, April 26 through July 19, 2014, in an exhibition titled “My Eyes Have Seen; Celebrating 50 Years Behind the Lens.” Many of the images are from the City of Toronto Archives collection which holds 100 prints of Nir’s theatre photography by close to 50 different Toronto companies, many of which no longer exist.  A career and legacy worth applauding, and a show well worth seeing. The Market Gallery is on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street E.

And finally. I say this every year, but I do urge you to thank your own special donors by nominating them for a Business for the Arts Award; there’s still plenty of time to do it right. In addition to a range of partnership and leadership awards, you might want to look closely at the  Community Impact Award for an arts/business partnership that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched the cultural scene in their community; the winner receives $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice. There’s also the Cultural Champion Award for an arts individual who’s shown exceptional leadership in engaging the business community in support of arts and culture; the winner receives $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice. Nomination deadline for both: Friday, May 30, 2014. I can think of wonderful candidates for these two awards, and for many of the others.

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