The Dr. Charles Allard Win-a-Literary Artist contest is an annual competition for schools and public libraries throughout Alberta to be award a $300 discount towards a Taleblazers visit by any of our touring artists. Applications are accepted May 1st - June 15th.
In order to win, teachers and librarians must fill out a Win-An-Artist form describing the challenges they face in encouraging literacy and the promotion of Canadian Literature, and explain how the Taleblazers presenter of their choice will complement their reading program. A panel of judges selects the 10 winners. The Young Alberta Book Society, through the generosity of the Dr. Charles Allard Foundation, covers $300.00 towards the professional artist fees for a Taleblazers booking. (Transportation and accommodation costs are covered by YABS as part of the Taleblazers Festival.)
This program facilitates meaningful connections between Albertan students and Albertan literary artists. Exposure to a "real, live author" inspires students' interest in developing communication and creative thinking skills and encourages self-expression. Whether that expression is humorous, serious or speculative; through illustrations or words; as history, science, drama or fiction -- Taleblazers Festival presenters empower children and young adults to make sense of their world, to share their ideas, and to communicate.
|Prairie River Junior High||High Prairie||Marty Chan|
|Didsbury Municipal Library||Didsbury||Marty Chan|
|Jenner School||Jenner||Karen Gummo|
|Holy Redeemer Catholic School||Ardrossan||Sigmund Brouwer|
|Okotoks Public Library||Okotoks||Fred Curatolo|
|Ecole Rocky Elementary||Rocky Mtn House||Simund Brouwer|
|Foundations for the Future||Calgary||Ginger Mullen|
|Beacon Hill Elementary||Sylvan Lake||Sigmund Brouwer|
|Lee Ridge School||Edmonton||Rob Feagan|