Milton establishes itself as community art hub in Ontario after winning two prestigious awards

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Published November 30, 2021 at 3:57 pm

The Town of Milton has established itself as a community art hub in Ontario after winning two prestigious awards.

Local organizers that exhibited impressive programming at this year’s Ontario Culture Days festival, are being honoured through the Spotlight Recognition Program.

The program, which celebrates the creativity of those in Ontario who have created engaging events and activities for local audiences, honours individuals across various categories.

This year, new spotlight categories were added that reflected the hybrid model of the festival and jurors carefully examined all events to determine which organizer produced the program with the most impact.

As a result, Milton community programs claimed two out of the four spotlight awards this year.

The winner of the best digital program was Arts Milton & Grandmother’s Voice: Healing the Scars of Colonialism, a documentary about Grandmother’s Voice, a community of Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and educators.

The inclusive programming winner was Arts Milton and E.C. Drury School for the Deaf: Engaging in ASL and Beyond, where students from E.C. Drury Elementary School for the Deaf deepened their understanding of Indigenous peoples and residential schools. This was done by creating American Sign Language (ASL) videos as well as an ASL poem to express their feelings.

“Congratulations to the Spotlight winners, and thank you to Ontario Culture Days and the hundreds of talented
artists for your incredible efforts and contributions,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

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