Congratulations to Tyrone Whitehawk winner of the 2017 En'owkin Centre Scholarship to the Toni Onley Artists' Project. Whitehawk 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 was pleased to present Tyrone with the full scholarship at the Graduation Ceremony and Feast on April 13 at the En'owkin Centre at the Penticton Indian Band. Island Mountain Arts is honoured to partner with the En'owkin Centre for a third year," says IMA Executive & Artistic 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 in 2015 with Tsilhqot'in artist, Diana Downey and continued last year with Cree/Syilx artist, Pat Raphael Derickson getting the full scholarship. IMA was also happy to invite En'owkin teacher, Dr. Michelle Jack to attend as an invited artist in 2016. The partnership is made possible with the support of the BC Arts Council, The Penticton Art Gallery and the En'owkin Centre.
Other scholarships and bursaries are still available to the 2017 Toni Onley Artists' Project, July 8 - 16 with mentors Shary Boyle and Joseph M. Sanchez. The deadline is May 1st and more Information can be found at http://imarts.com/scholarships-bursaries/ .