Last night at a dinner event at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Pat (Thomas) Lazo, Class of 1995, was one of three Winnipeggers receiving an award from the Future Leaders of Manitoba Council.
Pat won the Arts Award. This award recognizes and honours a young Manitoban who is active in the Arts Community and is an advocate of Manitoba. Artists, musicians, dancers or anyone involved in the Arts who is passionate about our Province and gives back to the local community can be nominated in this category.
Pat is himself an artist and works as the artistic director and curator of the st.ART program (http://www.graffitigallery.ca/index.html). The st.Art program is an inner city art program that was designed to address several issues within the immediately surrounding community, including the lack of recreational/educational options for youth, the lack of funding to schools and other organizations for the arts and finally, the issue of community improvement/beautification.
After school workshops have proven to be a valuable community resource. An influx of youth, as well as community groups such as Rossbrook House, Andrews Street Centre, Winnipeg Boys & Girls Club, Marymound Residential Centre, B&L Youth Services, to name only a few, are keeping our programs growing and valuable partnerships developing to address a holistic community approach to services for those communities.
st.Art has also afforded the opportunity over the years for thousands of students, through their schools, daycares, organizations, etc. to tour the facility and gain a greater understanding of the “art of graffiti” and how to take it “off the streets”, as well as complete workshops on planning and executing their own team murals, whether with acrylic paint, aerosol or collage. Each of the groups has left with a sense of pride in their art; many returning over and over again as a result of their positive experiences.
The mandate of the Future Leaders of Manitoba Council (FLMC) (http://www.flmc.mb.ca/home/) is to recognize and reward exceptional young Manitobans for their dedication to the social and economic growth of our Province. Together with the Manitoba business community, they host an Annual Awards Reception, presenting ‘The Manitoba Exceptional Young Professional Award' to three deserving recipients. FLMC encourage all Manitoba businesses to join us in celebrating our Province and in recognizing the exceptional young professionals who will lead Manitoba in its continued growth and success!
January 23, 2009 at 11:26am