BC Culture Days has named Amanda Shatzko the 2015 winner of the BC Culture Days Ambassador and Awards Program.
Shatzko, a professional artist and public engagement advocate from Vernon, will represent BC Culture Days and BC artists at the National Congress on Culture in Edmonton on May 7 and 8 at the Citadel Theatre. In addition to her trip, Shatzko will receive $2,500 towards her Culture Days event, in which she will be presenting a live aerial painting demonstration and inviting discussion and participation from community members.
As vice-president of the Arts Council of North Okanagan, Shatzko has been active in promoting community engagement in the arts, working on programs with organizations, such as the Vernon Art Gallery and was most recently invited to speak on a Youth Engagement panel at the 2015 ArtsBC Conference. Shatzko has performed on stage, for film and television, at corporate events and ceremonies and on behalf of multiple charities. She has also had numerous commissions including an exhibition with the International Gallery Container Art and the Government of Canada and Whistler Arts Council to create paintings of athletes live in Whistler and Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As 2015 BC Culture Days Ambassador, Shatzko will engage communities around the province to present and participate in Culture Days activities and will act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days Weekend, taking place this year on September 25, 26 & 27.
In addition, ten local ambassadors will be selected from across the province and awarded $1,000 towards their Culture Days event. The deadline to apply for this opportunity has been extended to May 15, 2015.
For information on eligibility and guidelines for becoming a local BC Culture Days ambassador, please visit BC.CultureDays.ca or contact Nazanin Shoja, BC Culture Days Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.