Arts leader Denise Bolduc is the recipient of the 2017 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award. This award, created in 2012, celebrates the work of Indigenous artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario.
Denise will receive this $10,000 award on Wednesday, June 14 during Tributaries – the opening night of Toronto’s Luminato festival. Produced and curated by Denise, Tributaries will feature more than 60 artists paying tribute to the resilience of Indigenous women and the power of land and water. Taking place at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square (215 King St. W.), the event will begin at 7 p.m., and the award presentation will be at 8:45 p.m. Tributaries is free and open to the public.
The OAC Indigenous Arts Award also honours emerging leadership: each year, the award recipient is invited to nominate a rising Indigenous artist or arts professional to receive a $2,500 prize. Denise has selected Erika Iserhoff of Native Women in the Arts (and associate producer of Tributaries) as this year’s emerging laureate.
“Denise is an outstanding leader,” said the jury members, who were unanimous in their choice. “She is a trailblazer who has brought about institutional change, all while promoting the work of so many artists and arts organizations. She also brings warmth, passion and spirit to everything she does."
"Though they usually work behind the scenes, producers are critically important to building artistic projects, organizations and communities,” said Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, Ontario Arts Council. “With her multi-faceted work in the Indigenous arts and performing arts communities, Denise exemplifies the significance of this role.”
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