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Statoil ArtsSmarts scholarship returns for a third year


June 8, 2017 (St. John’s, NL) – Statoil has renewed its partnership with ArtsNL in support of the ArtsSmarts grant program and will award the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship for a third year.

The scholarship was established as part of Statoil’s ongoing commitment to arts and culture development in the province and is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador student who has chosen to pursue a post-secondary education in the arts. It supports the ArtsSmarts mission, which is to afford schools and their communities a chance to enhance artistic activities linked to educational outcomes. The desire is to encourage students to develop their intellectual skills through active participation in the arts.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from any high school student throughout Newfoundland and Labrador who will commence first year full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publically funded Canadian university or college in fall 2017.

Statoil and ArtsSmarts will award one scholarship of $2,500 and the application is available now through the ArtsNL website ( The deadline for applications is Monday, July 17, 2017 by 4:30pm, and they can be forwarded to ArtsNL Executive Director Reg Winsor

“ArtsNL is delighted with Statoil’s commitment to our partnership that benefits the ArtsNL ArtsSmarts grant program and continues the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship into its third year,” says Winsor. “In the initial two years the scholarship has been available, thanks to Statoil, ArtsNL has managed the application process. We have always received strong and competitive applications from many bright and talented future professionals. We look forward to hearing from a new class of applicants this year, as they embark on an exciting new chapter.”

Interested student applicants are required to complete the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship application form, outline their civic engagement to date through volunteerism, internships, or past work experience, and provide a letter of reference from one of their past or current arts educators. Applicants are also asked to submit an artist statement describing why they want to become a professional artist, what their academic and artistic goals are, and which artists or works that they are inspired by.

Statoil has committed $20,000 to supplement the level of funding available through grants awarded under the ArtsSmarts program itself, as well as to continue with the Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship that was established in 2015

“Statoil celebrates young people who inspire us to think outside the box and make the impossible possible,” says Gisle Stjern, Vice President Offshore Newfoundland for Statoil. “Those involved in arts education at such a young age demonstrate commitment, potential, and remarkable talents. We are proud to continue supporting them through the ArtsSmarts program and this scholarship.”

Since inception, the ArtsSmarts program itself has awarded over $2.1 million to 509 projects involving all artistic disciplines province-wide. The program has employed 1,224 artists who have worked with an estimated 83,000 students and 4,029 teachers at 534 schools. Further information on the ArtsSmarts program can be found here or click here to open the PDF Statoil ArtsSmarts Scholarship Application Form.

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

Alex Collins
Head of Communications
Statoil Canada Ltd.
Mobile: (709) 769-8967
Phone: (709) 738-8644

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.

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