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PEC Arts Council awards student scholarships to two emerging County artists

The Prince Edward County Arts Council is awarding Andie Csafordi and Heather Jones with $1,000 Student Arts Award scholarships to use in their pursuit of post-secondary education in the arts.

Andie Csafordi

A soon-to-be graduate of Centennial Secondary’s Regional School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Andie Csafordi plans to enter the Material Art and Design program at the Ontario College of Art & Design University, majoring in textiles, this fall.

In 2020, she started her own business designing up-cycled wearable art, and looks forward to furthering her passions for fashion design and sustainability through her post-secondary studies.

“My hope is to develop new, sustainable ways for the fashion industry to reuse materials and minimize waste and demand on our natural resources,” said Csafordi, who is an active volunteer and leader in both the Centennial Secondary and Prince Edward County arts communities.

She currently serves as the youth representative on the Arts Council’s Artist Advisory Committee, and is the youngest artist to have artwork juried into Art in the County over the last several years.

Heather Jones

Heather Jones plans to enter the Bachelor of Music Honours program at Wilfrid Laurier University this fall.

Reflecting on her long-time love for music, Jones says she “can’t think of a stage in life where music hasn’t been an inherent part of who I am.”

She began piano lessons at age five, vocal lessons at 12, and recently graduated from the Regional Arts Program at Centennial Secondary School with a major in voice and minor in drama.

Jones sings in four languages and has received classical, musical theatre, and operatic training. She has performed in more than a dozen musicals, including with the Stirling Festival Theatre and WestBen Centre. Jones has spent more than 900 hours volunteering in the local arts community in a wide range of roles, from performer and vocal coach to lighting technician and stage manager.

“Youth in rural areas often don’t have easy access to arts education opportunities, so we think it’s incredibly important to encourage them and nurture their talents in any way we can, financially and through other means,” says Janna Smith, Executive Director, Prince Edward County Arts Council. “We wish Andie and Heather every success in their artistic and academic endeavours”

The Student Arts Award program was established in 2007, driven by the initiative of two Arts Council Executive Board members at the time – Wayne McNulty and Mary Tucker. The program is sustained through donations from the community.

Incorporated in 1986, the Prince Edward County Arts Council is a not-for-profit service organization providing promotional, financial, and administrative support to local artists and arts organizations.

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