PEI Arts Awards

Province recognizes Island arts and cultural community

(left–right) Minister Gilles Arsenault; Leo Cheverie Cultural Connector of the Year Award Winners: Lindsay Connolly, Megan Stewart and Melissa Peter-Paul.

Seven local art and creative professionals and organizations received top honours for their contributions to the Island creative sector.

As part of the renewed provincial culture action plan, the PEI Arts Awards Program celebrates artistic merit and excellence. The recipients were recognized at the inaugural gala in late November. Each award recipient received a cash prize along with a unique piece of local art in recognition of their work to advance PEI’s art, culture and creative sector.

Music PEI received the Organization of the Year Award, given to one organization for its significant artistic and cultural impact to the provincial landscape, residents and visitors. 

Lindsay Connolly, Megan Stewart and Melissa Peter-Paul were the recipients of the Leo Cheverie Cultural Connector of the Year Award. This  Award recognizes three individuals, groups or organizations who have championed and positively impacted access and connection between communities through art and culture.

The PEI Writers’ Guild received the Premier’s Award for Stand-out Project of the Year for the queer youth book, Are We Friends Now. The Award celebrates an innovative artistic or cultural project in the areas of reconciliation, climate change, accessibility, or digital innovation by an artist, arts professional, group, collective or organization. 

Gerald Beaulieu received the Father Adrien Arsenault Senior Arts Award, which honours and acknowledges the excellence of a senior Island artist and their significant body of work in visual arts, writing and publishing, music, dance, fine craft, theatre, film or video. 

Fairouz Gaballa received the Gertie & Henry Purdy Emerging Visual Arts Bursary, which supports an emerging visual arts artist in their training, promotion, exhibition, leadership and practice.