The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) is a registered charity that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in their chosen fields like visual arts, music, film/new media, theatre, dance, or literary arts.
Applicants of any age may apply but support is given to those who are not yet established in their fields and who are undertaking programs of study which will advance their artistic development and who are pursuing career paths that can lead them to become established artists.
The recipients have used these funds to enrich their artistic experience studying at universities, arts training programs, festivals, and in private instruction at recognized institutions such as the National Ballet School, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Photo: His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd) Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia with Francesca Nardi 2013 winner of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award.
Since its founding in 1944, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust has accomplished much and has helped many Nova Scotian artists reach their artistic goals. It was observed on the occasion of the NSTT's 20th anniversary, in the Journal of Education that "the one thing often lacking in gifted artists is neither talent nor dedication - it's money."
In December 2008, the NSTT's Board of Directors approved its first Strategic Plan, which identified our goals for the next three years. The newest Plan for 2014-2016 may be accessed here.
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