Durham honours the arts

Innovative minds and creative souls will gather at the end of the month to celebrate the arts at the annual Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCAs).


The Art of Transition is a forum within Durham Region dedicated to providing a platform for innovative thinkers to gather and share ideas and resources.


The DATCAs were derived from the 2009 Art of Transition Symposium, which explored Durham Region’s artistic community and strategies on how to evolve it. Since 2011, they have put on an award ceremony to acknowledge individuals or groups who have contributed to its revival.


The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department’s Economic Development and Tourism Division present the awards, but members of the community select the nominees.


Nomination ballots can be downloaded off their website and will be open until Nov. 7th. There are 11 categories including awards in theatre, media arts, culinary, music, literary and many more creative endeavours.


Past winners in 2013 include not-for-profit arts collective Broken Arts for Best Creative Collaboration, Oshawa Space Invaders for Best Creative Innovation and Edward and Marla Schwartz for Best Example of Philanthropy in the Arts.


The 2014 DATCAs will be held at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby on Thursday, Nov. 27. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase on the Art of Transition website.

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Raechel Bonomo is a second-year journalism student at Durham College, a fashion writer and enthusiast / crafter extraordinaire.