Champion of the Arts Awards

Mar 03, 2017

Champions of the Arts Awards to honour Excellence in Teaching the Arts

Last evening, three major arts organizations in Niagara joined forces to announce the inaugural Champions of the Arts Awards.  Carousel Players, Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra will each recognize and celebrate an outstanding elementary school teacher who inspires their students through the integration of the arts in the classroom, and across the curriculum.  Awards will be given for excellence in teaching Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and Music. 

Every day, in classrooms throughout Niagara, dedicated teachers bring the arts to life, making lasting, thought-provoking connections for their students.  Exploring the arts nurtures curiosity and creativity, preparing young people for a lifetime of learning and discovery.  Recognizing the remarkable 13-year tradition of the Norah Morgan Memorial Award, Carousel Players proudly continues this award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education; Rodman Hall Arts Centre is honoured to announce their Excellence in Visual Arts Education award; the Niagara Symphony Orchestra is pleased to establish the Paul van Dongen Award for Excellence in Music Education

Nominations from principals and teacher colleagues are accepted until June 12, 2017; recipients of these new awards, the 2017 Champions of the Arts, will be celebrated later in the year.

More information about the Paul van Dongen Award

Paul van Dongen (1927-2015) was a long-time member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, a conductor, and a gifted music educator with the Lincoln County Board of Education.  A true champion of the arts, he founded both the Summer Music Camp (1962) and the Niagara Youth Orchestra (1965), inspiring and nurturing a love of music in young people for decades. Paul’s enduring legacy continues today; the NSO is honoured to celebrate his memory by recognizing a teacher who continues his work by integrating music in the classroom.


Champions of the Arts from across Niagara are celebrated by Carousel Players, Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

In their 45th anniversary season, Carousel Players brings over 90 performances to schools all over Niagara of imaginative theatre for elementary school children and offers unique outreach programs including summer theatre school and the Playlinks program of classroom workshops linked to their touring productions. Carousel's plays and workshops help youth to understand, navigate and discuss real and important issues in everyday life such as mental health, poverty, bullying, prejudice and breaking barriers.

Rodman Hall Art Centre supports education as integral aspect of making art relevant to the general public. It is through discovering, learning, creating and interacting that the arts become significant and relevant in our lives. Learning opportunities for all ages and abilities are offered throughout the year including school programs, community outreach, tours of the exhibitions, artist lectures, workshops, studio programs and art camps.

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017-18, presenting 24 concerts in its Masterworks, POPS! and Classical Family series. Passionately committed to music education for young people, the NSO offers programming to inspire a lifelong enjoyment of classical music: NSO Story Quartet, SMC, NSO Youth Club and Spotlight On!

Champion of the Arts Awards nomination forms for Theatre Arts and Visual Arts are available as follows:
Carousel Players:  | 905-682-8326
Rodman Hall Art Centre:  | 905-684-2925