A 2017: A BANNER YEAR FOR PARRSBORO!
Parrsboro wins the 2017 Arts Nova Scotia Community Arts & Culture Recognition Award!
Plein Air Artists and Community Members at Quick Draw Event June 2017
This prestigious award is given annually to the community which best demonstrates a commitment to the integration of arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life. The Award was presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Saturday November 18, at The Discovery Centre in Halifax. Norman Rafuse, District 13 Councillor for the Municipality of The County of Cumberland, accepted the award on behalf of Parrsboro. The Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award carries a cash value of $10,000, and the money will be used to further the connection between the arts and its community. Last year’s winner – Lunenburg.
“This award is a testimony to the extraordinary amount of artistic involvement in this community”, says Parrsboro Executive Director Robert More. “The number of people engaged in creative pursuits in Parrsboro is amazing, and the variety of arts and culture organizations is impressive.” Among the many groups flourishing in Parrsboro are: Ship’s Company Theatre, Art Lab Studios & Gallery, two museums, Fundy Geological and Ottawa House, Classics By The Bay, contemporary art at Main & Station, and The Hall, a thriving cultural/entertainment hub always busy with art exhibitions, open mic nights, music classes, workshops, a feature film series, the Citizens Choir, and theatrical presentations.
And there’s more! At the heart of Parrsboro’s culture is a unique geological environment which has produced a world-class fossil collection, and resulted in a Gem and Mineral Show whose creative designs attract 4000 visitors a year from across Canada and the USA.
“Add three annual festivals,” More goes on to say, “the Parrsboro Plein Air, 10 Days in October, the Parrsboro Film Festival – and the result is an inspiring combination of grassroots artistry and exploration by high-profile artists that makes this community a unique and exciting place to live.
Hats off to the people of Parrsboro. This award is for you!”