2015 NSTT Goodwill Ambassador

Posted by Lucas Oickle on Thursday, April 9, 2015
I am honoured and very happy to represent the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as their 2015 Goodwill Ambassador. The NSTT does incredible work every year in giving invaluable support to Nova Scotian artists and in maintaining our crucially important arts scene; if you can, consider donating, or if you are an artist like myself apply today for scholarship consideration.

Nova Scotian artists, remember: the application deadline for fall/winter study support is May 1st! (500pm ADT, but don't wait until the last hour...)
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The corresponding NSTT newsletter is available at this link and also pasted below:

Nova Scotia Talent Trust
April 9, 2015

Dear <<First Name>>,

Please help us to get the word out to art students studying (privately or in institutions) in film/new media, literary arts, theatre, circus arts, dance, music, fine crafts and visual arts. The deadline for Fall/Winter studies is May 1st at 5 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Saving Time (ADT).

Today, I have the pleasure to introduce you to our new 2015 Goodwill Ambassador Lucas Oickle,composer. He will represent and promote the NSTT during 2015. Please read his letter below.

A big Thank You goes out to all our community supporters and individual donors that have helped us over the last 71 years to support tomorrow's artists today. Please consider to donate once more to the cultural future of Nova Scotia in 2015. Donations can be made online at canadahelps.org or by mail to NSTT, PO Box 575, Halifax, NS B3J 2R7. 

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Jacqueline Steudler                  
director(at)nstalenttrust.ns.cawww.nstalenttrust.ns.ca, or NSTT Foundation


2015 Goodwill Ambassador
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust provides opportunities for emerging artists of all ages to receive scholarships in their formative years in order to pursue their artistic passions. One such talented artist is Lucas Oickle. Lucas was one of 51 recipients of NSTT’s support in 2014, but without wonderful benefactors like you, the NSTT could not be there to help our young talented Nova Scotian artists reach the top of their fields. To truly understand the profound impact we make together on the lives of artists like Lucas, please read Lucas’ story in his own words.

My name is Lucas Oickle and I'm an emerging composer originally from the Lucas Oickle, composer Winner of the 2014 NSTT 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Exellence Award in the amount of $10,000 (supported by the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund)Bridgewater area; I received my B.Mus. from Acadia and I'm currently finishing my Master’s in Music Composition at the University of British Columbia. I am very excited to be acting as the 2015 Goodwill Ambassador for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

I am so incredibly fortunate to have the support of the NSTT, and that support is all the more significant because it comes from my home province: 2014 has been an incredible year. With the help of the NSTT, I spent two weeks studying Sundanese gamelan music in Indonesia (organized by NS percussionist/composer Ken Shorley), a further two weeks in Shanghai, China, and then another three months in various parts of Japan. Words do little to accurately express how deeply grateful I am for these experiences and for the help I received that made them possible.

I recently finished working on a commission from Montreal which deals with the environmental consequences of a massive land-moving project currently underway in China; and last spring I completed a contemporary arrangement of Farewell to Nova Scotia that connotes new meaning for the words that we all know.

The support of the NSTT allows me to continue to pursue these artistic and aesthetic directions, both financially and as a crucial vote of confidence. I am so thankful for this, and I am always proud to tell everyone about the unwavering support that Nova Scotia has for its artists.

Please consider helping artists like myself by supporting the NSTT's mandate to help tomorrow's artists today. Please donate today by mail or online at www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca

Sincerest regards,
Lucas Oickle
Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2015 Goodwill Ambassador


All donations are fully applied to scholarships or named awards. Tax-deductible donation receipts are issued for all amounts. You can donate online at canadahelps.org or by mail to NSTT, PO Box 575, Halifax, NS, B3J 2R7.

Scholarship Recipients News

Wayne Burns, actor
Wayne Burns, NSTT 2012 and 2011 Theatre Nova Scotia Award winner, stars in 'Olympus'. Premier was April 2, 2015 on Syfy and Super Channel. More episodes can be watched every Thursday.



News from Gwyneth Christoffel, filmmaker and NSTT's Gwyneth Christoffel, filmmaker2013 Shelagh Mackenzie Award and Lieutenant Governor's Award winner: "My most recent live-action short film, "Liv", will be making its festival premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival. I directed and co-wrote the film which is about a video blogger who inadvertently reveals too much of his life to his audience."

The short film screened on March 28, 2015 at the Phoenix Film Festival. www.GwynethChristoffel.com


Congratulations Vivian Shotwell!Vivian Shotwell
The 2015 Atlantic Book Awards - Shortlist 
was announced on April 7.
Former Scholarship recipient Vivian Shotwell is one of the twenty-four shortlisted authors. She is nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for her novel Vienna Nocturne published by Doubleday Canada. http://vivienshotwell.com/

Congratulations to all! The full shortlist is available at  www.atlanticbookawards.ca.


Application Deadline 2015

Please pass the following information on to art students of all disciplines in theatre, dance, music, circus arts, new media, film, literary arts, visual arts, fine craft and design

Fall/Winter study May 1 at 5 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Saving Time (ADT). We advise applicants to read the submission guidelines carefully and to submit their applications early since there are a number of changes to submission procedures this year. All information can be found at our website at: http://nstalenttrust.ns.ca/Scholarships/Apply/

Community Partners

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizes the support of Arts Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

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