Oshawa pronounces 2022 Tradition Counts award winners

The City of Oshawa announced the three winners of its annual Oshawa Culture Counts Awards that celebrate and honor the creative and cultural achievements of the community.

Mayor Dan Carter congratulated this year’s award winners after the awards were presented by city council at its meeting Monday, June 20.

“Your contribution to enriching arts and culture in our city is deeply appreciated,” Carter said.

The city’s Culture Counts Professional Artist Award, which recognizes an artist who has demonstrated artistic leadership in the community, was given to artist, writer and curator, Margaret Rodgers.

She has been a leader in Durham’s contemporary art community since the 1990s.

Rodgers founded The IRIS Group and was also the director/curator at the Visual Arts Center of Clarington for more than 15 years.

Her latest body of work Crosswords, in 2021, explores the feminist theory and socio-political issues.

The Emerging Artist Award recognizes skilled young (12 to 20 years of age) and emerging artists who can leverage their artistic capabilities to inspire and enrich the lives of fellow citizens.

Singer and songwriter Bolu Adefemi won this year’s award.

In 2020, Adefemi was honored with the Universal Women’s Network Youth award and also received the Zimbabwe Young Achievers Award.

Her internationally acclaimed song, “Make It Right,” talks about injustices in society.

The Oshawa Museum was the city’s Innovation and Creation Champion Award winner.

The museum displayed unique, transformative and positive work in its impact on Oshawa’s arts, culture, and heritage.

It shares the story of the city from its indigenous inhabitants to the present day through inspiring exhibits and an extensive collection of archival materials.

In the past few years, the museum has partnered with different companies to bring out video projects and a micro-documentary.

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