The Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council (SFDACC) is calling for nominations for the seventh annual Joyce Brennan Award for outstanding contributions to art and culture in the Smiths Falls Area. Nominations are due Nov.1 and an individual or an organization can nominate a candidate.
This award is given in honour of the late Joyce Brennan, who was a founding member of the Rideau Canal Museum Board and the Heritage House Museum, a Town Councilor, as well as a founding member of the SFDACC board.
The award will be presented the evening of Thursday, Nov.9 at the Heritage House Museum at the opening of its 36th Annual Art Show event.
The first Joyce Brennan Award was presented posthumously to Joyce in 2011. It was accepted by her son, town councillor, Jay Brennan, at the newly-built Memorial Centre.
Pat Foulkes won the award in 2012. Her husband Tom accepted it on her behalf at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario. A past-president of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Foulkes founded the Volunteer Fair and the Friends of the Library. Friends runs the Film Night International film series running currently at the Station Theatre. She also was a stalwart supporter of the Station Theatre project and ongoing contributor of theatre productions in Smiths Falls.
Bill Hamilton and Nancy Berthiaume were handed the award in 2013 for a decade of work at the Station Theatre, Public Library and many other places. It was presented at the Kinsman Community Pavilion in Lower Reach Park.
In appreciation of her work to bring the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario into the forefront as a successful facility, and for her contributions on the local Municipal Heritage Committee, the 2014 Award went to Anne Shropshire. She also sat on the Smiths Falls Arts and Culture Task Force in 2011 which led to the establishment of our Arts Council. The presentation was made on Nov. 1st at the memorial centre.
Karen Schecter received this award in 2015 for her tireless efforts in the area of art and culture which include innovative programming at the library, providing high quality international films for Smiths Falls heading up the Smiths Falls component of Film Night International.
Nancy Keech was recognized by this award in 2016 for her many contributions to the arts community such as developing a vibrant theatre program at SFDCI and initiating several course units that involve outreach in the community such as the Grade 11 Children’s Theatre Show with students writing and producing plays that address character education, and then performing throughout the Smiths Falls region. Her former students continue to acknowledge how she has benefited them in their career endeavours and love of the arts. She is also an accomplished playwright, having written musicals over many years for SFDCI students to have the opportunity to participate in.