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The Joan Euler Order of the Creative Mind Award to honour lifetime achievement of Philip Bast

April 14, 2015 party will recognize Bast as trailblazer within arts and culture community

THEMUSEUM is proud to announce the late Philip Bast, who passed away in the autumn, as the winner of this year’s Joan Euler Order of the Creative Mind Award. On April 14, 2015, THEMUSEUM will host a party to present the award and celebrate Bast’s inspiring legacy to Waterloo Region’s arts and culture community.
 
“I am delighted the community based volunteer committee chose such a deserving person. Based on the stellar nominations it was no easy task,” said David Marskell CEO of THEMUSEUM. Marskell went on to say “I know Joan would be pleased with Philip being honoured as the first recipient after the award was created in her name at an event she attended last April”.
 
Award applications were evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate the nominee’s unwavering passion, innovative leadership and advocacy for arts and culture in the Region, consistent with Joan Euler’s life time contribution.
 
Bast was a trailblazer in local digital journalism and set a high standard for future bloggers and videographers before it was common practice. His passion was evident by a consistent presence at musical performances across the Region, where his coverage exposed many emerging talents in Waterloo Region. Bast’s involvement with TD Kitchener Blues Festival, volunteer weekly appearances on Rogers Daytime television, and notable freelance work producing “Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown" were all in addition to his equally impressive 26-year career as Arts and Culture Editor at The Waterloo Record.
 
“We’re very excited to recognize Philip’s influence in the arts and culture scene” said Mary D’Alton, Chair of the Joan Euler Order of the Creative Mind Award Committee, “So many of the artists in this generation stand on his shoulders as he’s worked to provide them opportunity. He was a passionate force who nurtured all the arts in this community, whether as a writer, director, or raconteur. Philip was everywhere and anywhere there was theatre, music or film. The measure of a man's legacy is that he left things better then when he found them. When I think of Phillip a smile comes to my face. He was determined and persistent and spending time in his company was always a good thing, usually over a libation and good music and or conversation.”
 
THEMUSEUM created this award and presented it for the first time on April 22, 2014 to Joan Euler to celebrate and recognize her steadfast contributions to many organizations throughout Kitchener-Waterloo. The award will be given out annually, each April, in order to continue recognizing and celebrating positive, impactful leaders within the arts and culture community.
 
The Order of the Creative Mind Award party will take place on April 14, 2015 at THEMUSEUM. Musical performances and light refreshments will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a short award presentation.
 
Tickets for the event are available online and at THEMUSEUM for $50+HST and per Joan’s wishes all proceeds will go to THEMUSEUM, a registered charity.

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