2019 Arts Champion Recipients

Prologue is pleased to announce the 2019 Award recipients: Kate Cullen, a teacher at Kimberley Public School in Toronto, and Blair Pike, principal at Black Walnut Public School in Markham. A teacher for almost 27 years, Kate Cullen is a lover of theatre, music and dance who co-conducts the school choir and started a Prologue Club at her school – a youth leadership program where students curate the performances and workshops for their school. An arts educator for over 30 years beginning his career in the former Scarborough Board of Education, Blair has ensured continued support of arts education by both mentoring new and aspiring arts educators and providing opportunities for students across York Region. As part of the recognition, Kate and Blair will receive a custom-created Award and a free performance or workshop for their school.

“The Arts Champion Awards acknowledge leaders, advocates and champions that are often under- recognized for what they do for young people in their communities. We are delighted that two tremendous champions – Kate Cullen and Blair Pike – have been selected this year and look forward to celebrating with them and their school communities”, said Prologue’s Executive Director Tim Whalley.

Prologue launched the Arts Champion Awards in 2016 to recognize educators, community leaders and presenters who work tirelessly to ensure that young
people have access to performing arts experiences. Announced before an audience of educators, artists, young people and families at the annual Spotlight Prologue showcase on June 5 th at Young People’s Theatre, the Arts Champion Awards are made annually to at least one individual who exemplifies the vision that Prologue has supported for over half a century.