En'owkin Graduate Pat Raphael Derickson Awarded Scholarship to the Toni Onley Artists' Project

Congratulations to Cree/Syilx artist Pat Raphael Derickson winner of the 2016 En'owkin Centre Scholarship to the Toni Onley Artists' Project. Derickson is a graduate of the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training (NAPAT) program at En'owkin which provides professional artists mentorship and creation space. The En'owkin Centre is a dynamic institution, which puts into practice the principles of self-determination and the validation of cultural aspirations and identity. For over forty years it has operated a quality First Nation Post-Secondary Institution offering educational programs to enhance Aboriginal culture, language, political development and leadership and excellence in Aboriginal arts training.

"I had the honour of presenting Pat with her scholarship at today's Graduation Ceremony and Feast at the En'owkin Centre at the Penticton Indian Band. Island Mountain Arts is honoured to partner with the En'owkin Centre and I hope it is just the beginning of a long relationship," says IMA Executive Director, Julie Fowler.

The scholarship covers the tuition for the nine-day studio mentorship program, as well as all other costs associated with attendance. The partnership started last year with Tsilhqot'in artist and NAPAT Graduate, Diana Downey attending the Artists' Project. The partnership is made possible with the support of the BC Arts Council, The Penticton Art Gallery and the En'owkin Centre.

"I am grateful for the support of En'owkin NAPAT mentors, Dr. Michelle Jack and Phyllis Isaac and the support of Paul Crawford, Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery (as well as IMA Board member) for making this partnership happen. We are very fortunate to work with such an incredible organization and I am excited to host artist Pat Raphael Derickson in Wells," says Fowler.

[L - R] Dr. Michelle Jack, Pat Raphael Derickson, Julie Fowler and Phyllis Isaac. Photo by Paul Crawford

[L - R] Dr. Michelle Jack, Pat Raphael Derickson, Julie Fowler and Phyllis Isaac. Photo by Paul Crawford

En'owkin Centre Graduation Ceremony April 14, 2016.

En'owkin Centre Graduation Ceremony April 14, 2016.

Tsilhqot'in artist and NAPAT Graduate, Diana Downey at the Artists' Project in Wells in 2015.

Tsilhqot'in artist and NAPAT Graduate, Diana Downey at the Artists' Project in Wells in 2015.

Applications are currently being accepted to the 2016 Toni Onley Artists' Project, July 9 - 17 with artist mentors, Jeffrey Spalding and Anong Migwans Beam. Scholarships and Bursaries are available to all who qualify and the deadline is May 1, 2016. Link here for all the details and feel free to email Executive Director, Julie Fowler for any questions (media@imarts.com).