Island Arts Awards

PEI Arts Awards LogoThe Prince Edward Island Arts Awards were established by the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts in 2009 to recognize the value of arts and culture on PEI.


The nucleus of the awards is the Father Adrien Arsenault Arts Award, which was established in memory of the late Father Adrien Arsenault in 1994. Strong support received from then Lieutenant-Governor of PEI, the Honourable Barbara Hagerman; the Premier of PEI, the Honourable Robert Ghiz; the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Honourable Gerard Greenan; and the Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, led to the creation of new and significant monetary awards for Patron of the Arts, Volunteerism in the Arts, Educator in the Arts and Creative Community. Residents of PEI were asked to nominate deserving members of the public to receive the awards. A jury of Island artists, educators, administrators and volunteers in arts and culture selected the recipients.


The five prestigious arts awards were presented at the first Prince Edward Island Arts Awards ceremony, held at Fanningbank on April 22, 2009.


Details of the Awards


Father Adrien Arsenault Senior Arts Award - Value $5,000

The Father Adrien Arsenault Senior Arts Award was established in honour of Father Adrien Arsenault, an artist, a staunch advocate and supporter of the arts, and an arts educator. It is the most significant award in the arts conferred on PEI.


The Senior Arts Award is awarded  to an artist determined by a jury of peers from the community to have excelled in his or her field, advanced the arts on Prince Edward Island and to be recognized Island-wide as a senior artist in his or her medium or discipline. The recipient will be active in the creative arts and will have produced a significant body of work in visual arts, writing and publishing, music, dance, fine craft, theatre, or media arts.


The Father Adrien Arsenault Senior Arts Award Endowment Fund makes this award financially possible.


Premier's Award for Volunteerism in the Arts - Value $2,000

The recipient will have demonstrated and ongoing commitment to supporting and advancing the arts through volunteerism.


Lieutenant Governor's Award for Patron of the Arts - Value $2,000

The recipient will be an Island resident or business active in the philanthropic community. There will be notable evidence of ongoing financial support for arts and culture on PEI. Note: the award recipient will donate the value of this award to an arts and culture organization of his or her choosing.


Minister of Education's Award for Educator in the Arts - Value $2,000

The recipient will be an Island instructor, based in a school or the private sector, who has made a significant educational contribution in the practices of visual arts, writing and publishing, music, dance, fine craft, theatre or media arts. He or she must be regarded as a professional, either through accreditation or by peer recognition.


Minister of Culture's Award for Creative Community - Value $2,000

This award will honour and acknowledge an Island community that has demonstrated ongoing support for the arts, ongoing support for public or community arts, and a recognition of the role of the arts in a healthy, vibrant community. The winning community will designate the award monies for use in community arts and culture projects.


Complete details on the 2011 Island Arts Award will soon be found at


Island Literary Awards

The Island Literary Awards are now organized and administered by the Prince Edward Island Writers' Guild. Details can be found on the Guild's website at


The ILAs are awarded annually to the best of PEI writers. Awards are made to all levels of the discipline, elementary school students to senior members of the writing community.


The awards ceremonies are an important milestone in the careers of Island authors, young and old. Working closely with Island schools, the awards encourage writing from Island children and youth.


Awards and Prizes include the Lucy Maud Montgomery Literature for Children Award and are supported by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Fund managed by the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts combined with strong support from the corporate community.