Hale receives award for support of local arts

Brock’s dean of Humanities has been given a community award for her support of the arts.

Rosemary Hale

Rosemary Hale

Rosemary Hale is this year’s recipient of the Laura Sabia Award, given annually by the Niagara Artists Centre to commemorate International Women’s Day. The award recognizes a Niagara woman who has made an outstanding commitment to the arts and furthered the careers of women artists.

Hale received the award because of her leadership in establishing a “much needed, first-class performing arts centre here in Niagara,” said Laura Thomas of the Niagara Symphony.

She also supports local artistic endeavours, including the Niagara Symphony, Chorus Niagara, Lyndesfarne Theatre, Suitcase in Point and Theatre Beyond Words.

Hale said she is “positively thrilled” to get the award.

“Laura Sabia was an amazing and inspiring artist-activist woman,” she said. “It is a real honour to receive an award that carries her name.”

Hale is president of the Bicentennial Legacy Council, a bi-national organization committed to organizing commemorations around the War of 1812. She also serves as co-chair of the Regional Cultural Committee and a board director for the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

During her time at Brock, new interdisciplinary initiatives have emerged, including Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Interactive Arts and Science program, dedicated to studies and training in interactive media.

Each year, art is commissioned as a gift to the Laura Sabia Award winner. Hale will receive a limited edition print entitled Trois Oeuf, created by St. Catharines artist Sandy Middleton. It will be presented at the Women in Music concert at Club Roma on Sunday.

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