The recipients of 2014's Paula Awards were announced during Prologue's Christmas party last December: Marla Brennan (with Faustwork Mask Theatre), Shoestring Opera (represented by Anne Rankin on the photo) and Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre.
|Left to right: Patty Jarvis, Marla Brenna, Mel Hurst (Chairman) and Anne Rankin.|
In 2000, a donation of $50,000 was received from long-time Prologue Board member Paula Butterfield and her husband David. This generous donation was directed to an Arts Endowment Fund held in perpetuity by the Ontario Arts Foundation, and was matched "dollar for dollar" by the Fund.
Prologue will never be able to thank enough Paula and David for this gift that keeps on giving!
It was then decided by the Board of Directors that the interest received from the Fund would be used in whole or in part to fund the Paula Awards.
Nature of the awards:
The Paula Awards are awarded in December, at the discretion of a special committee led by Prologue's executive director, to one or more Prologue artists or companies, to assist with the development of new work to be eventually featured on Prologue's roster.
About the submission process:
In August, Prologue's artists are invited to send their submission, before a specific deadline in early October. This submission should include:
• A cover letter that specifies the amount requested, states when the completed work will be available for touring, and outlines the artist or company's need for the funding.
• A projected budget for the request.
• A complete outline of the work in development (for dance or music) or a script (for theatre, puppetry, storytelling)
What happened between 2008 and 2013?
The interests received from the Arts Endowment Fund vary over the years. While the interest increased steadily from 2001 to 2007 (from $3,004 to $10,178), the market changed in 2008.
The interest received on March 2008 to cover the 2007 Paula Awards did not cover the full amount. It was therefore recommended by the committee that we don't offer the 2008 Paula Awards and keep the interest received in March 2009 in reserve.
The same decision was made for interests received in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, with a solid reserve in place, the Paula Awards have been reinstated.
Paula Awards recipients since 2001
2014 Paula Awards (total $9,500)
• Marla Brennan ($1,500 towards final development costs for The Dancing Juggler/La danse de la jongleuse)
• Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre ($1,000 towardsfinal development costs for Matariki)
2008 to 2013 Paula Awards (not offered)
2007 Paula Awards (total $9,500)
2006 Paula Awards (total $9,500)
2005 Paula Awards (total $8,500)
2004 Paula Awards (total $8,000)
2003 Paula Awards (total $8,000)
2002 Paula Awards (total $6,500)
2001 Paula Awards (total $5,000)