Celebrating arts, artists and community
The 2019 Distinguished Artist Awards hosted by the Battle River Region at Maskwacis was a glorious collaboration celebrating culture, creativity and place. The awards event started off with Maskwacis drummers singing their Honour Song and a parade of dancers from the Samson Cree Nation. Three original compositions showcased artists from the region: the world premier of Percussion Fusion, a collaboration of percussion artists Roger Admiral, Darren Simon, Shining Eagle, Mark Segger, Jacob Kryger and Maskwacis drummers; the Battle River Ensemble’s beautiful and heartfelt tribute Battle River Love Song composed by Jack Ross, Camrose; and A Prayer – Meeting of the Cultures composed and presented by violinist Maya Rathnavalu with flautist Kevin Buffalo.
The 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists – poet and writer Marilyn Dumont, printmaker Walter Jule and abstract metal sculptor Katie Ohe – received their awards from Her Honour Lois E. Mitchell. The day ended with a fitting Wahkohtowin Feast and conferring of the Alberta Schools Writing Award.
It was a touching, genuine, and respectful celebration of Alberta’s wonderful artists, graciously hosted by engaged and supportive communities across the Battle River Region. Hai! Hai!