Ruben Esguerra Honoured with Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award
Toronto, April 6, 2021 - Ruben Esguerra is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award. The award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education.
About Ruben Esguerra
As a musician/producer and spoken word poet, he leads New Tradition Music, performing regularly in national and international festivals. As an arts educator, he has designed courses taught at Canadian Universities and currently facilitates interactive workshops, bringing innovative virtual and in-person drumming, storytelling and beat making as a healthy form of self expression to schools across Ontario. As a community worker, he is the music director and facilitator of several community arts programs within organizations such as: Vibe Arts, Lula Music and Arts Centre, Right Path World Arts, Casa Maiz and Children’s Peace Theatre. In addition, he co-leads the NTM Mobile Studio Project which provides access to equipment and mentorship to Jane Finch (Tkaronto) artists across different neighbourhoods–releasing a yearly volume of albums called Wheel It Studios. Ruben is a PhD (ABD) candidate in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in Colombian traditional music and Hip Hop culture.
About the Award
The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award recognizes an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.
Previous recipients include Zvondai Muchenje (2019), Chuck Commanda (2018), and Yaovi Hoyi (2017). See the full list of previous recipients.
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Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.
For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2019-2020 the Ontario Arts Council invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations.
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