Seven finalists competed for $15,000 in cash prizes in two categories: Creative Enterprise and Community Arts. Ever enthusiastic, our hosts Femi Lawson and Shannon Boodram kept the show going and the crowd eager to see the finalists give their all for the panel of judges that included: Michee Mee (Canada’s First Notable Female MC); Kim Crosby (Social Entrepreneur/ Artist); Kay McConney (Executive Minds); Memo (Spoken Film); and Mike Prosserman (UNITY Charity).
ArtReach’s annual pitch contest is a testament to the breadth of art forms being nurtured, evolved and celebrated in Toronto’s communities. We saw classically trained dancers presenting new forms of movement that both entertain and empower; we were introduced to innovative ideas of how creators with cutting edge sounds can financially sustain themselves; and we heard about film concepts that explore diasporic experiences from a female’s perspective.
ArtReach’s Pitch Contest supports finalists from beginning to end. Workshops on creating and presenting a pitch are provided in preparation for the big night. The Pitch Contest itself provides participants with an invaluable opportunity to gain direct feedback from influential individuals in the arts, entertainment, and business sectors. Money awarded goes to supporting creative and artistic endeavors that enrich our communities, while empowering young people.
ArtReach congratulates all the winners and participants of the 2012 Youth Arts Pitch Contest and thanks them for the impact they are making through their dedication.
And the winners are…
Community Arts Category:
First: Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company
Second: Muna Egeh
Creative Enterprise Category:
First: 88 Days of Fortune
Second: The Real Sun