TERRACE, October 18, 2013 – Northwest Community College has awarded $30,000 in bursaries to six students from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at NWCC Terrace Campus. A first of its kind, the Freda Diesing Bursary was developed specifically to provide financial support to students of the First Nations Fine Arts program.
“At NWCC students are our top priority and we are strongly committed to removing barriers to student success, whether they are geographic, financial or technological. I am very pleased these awards will help support the needs of First Nations Fine Arts students, so they can be successful in their pursuit of higher education,” says NWCC President and CEO Denise Henning.
The award recipients were Kristy Bell, of Old Massett; Mike Bolton, of Gingolx; Stacey Calder, of Gitsegukla; Kelli Clifton, of Gitga’at; Ed Spencer, of Lax Kw’alaams; and Nakkita Trimble, of Gingolx.
“Studying at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art is crucial to advancing my career as an artist. After spending time away from my home territory, I felt it was important to return home so I can learn from our land, our people and our traditions. I truly believe that while at NWCC, I will see great transformations in both my work and within myself. I am incredibly grateful for receiving this bursary and look forward to the journey that lies ahead,” says first year student Kelli Clifton, one of the award recipients.
The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art opened in 2006 to honour the legacy of Haida artist, traditional carver and teacher Freda Diesing (1925-2002). She achieved great personal success in her work and is equally remembered for her determination to keep traditional Northwest Coast art alive by passing the knowledge to future generations of artists and carvers.
About Northwest Community College
NWCC is an accredited post-secondary education institution offering a comprehensive range of courses and programs to the northwest region of BC. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Skidegate, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.