Bermuda Arts Council Grant Awards
Two artists and a musician have received a combined $25,000 from an annual scholarship.
The Bermuda Arts Council Grant Awards presented Rashun Robinson and Leslie Tucker Jr with a $10,000 bursary and Peri Nolan-Trott a $5,000 to help them complete their arts education.
Kathy Simmons, the Attorney-General, who presented the bursary, said: “Each recipient's passion for their chosen art form was evident during my conversation with them.
“I am encouraged by the contributions they will make in the Bermuda Arts community and the world.”
Mr Robinson will enter his senior year at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design University where he will complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film.
He said that he had an interest in film for as long as he could remember that had grown throughout his studies abroad.
Mr Robinson added that he hoped to produce “excellent work” and make Bermuda proud.
Mr Tucker has been studying the violin for 15 years and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of North Carolina in the United States.
He said that he hoped to return to Bermuda after he completed his degree and become a music teacher in the public school system or a violin teacher at the Bermuda School of Music.
Ms Nolan-Trott is attending Edinboro University School of Graduate Studies to complete a Master of Arts in Art Therapy.
She explained that she had worked with the Department of Child and family Services for 30 years and hoped to incorporate the degree into her job as a social worker.
Jennifer Phillips, the chairwoman of the BAC, said that the Council granted bursaries to individuals and organisations for the purpose of “developing and improving the knowledge, understanding, and practice of the arts, as well as increasing the accessibility of the arts in our community”.
She added: “This year, 27 student applications were received and three recipients were selected based on the quality and completeness of their application, artist aptitude in their chosen art form, community involvement and financial need.
“We are particularly cognisant of the importance of supporting the next generation of local artists.”