RELEASE: ArtsNL and Equinor announce 2022 Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship winner

Nov 16, 2022


November 16, 2022 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL and Equinor Canada are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship. The scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to a Newfoundland and Labrador high school student who is enrolled for first year full-time art studies in a degree or diploma program at a recognized, publicly funded Canadian university or college in fall 2022. The scholarship was established as part of Equinor’s partnership with ArtsSmarts, and ongoing commitment to arts and cultural development in the province.

“We are pleased to announce that Kate Anstey of St. John’s has been awarded the Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship,” says Melanie Martin, Executive Director of ArtsNL. “The scholarship will go towards Kate’s post-secondary education at George Brown College, where she’s enrolled to complete the P105 Classical Dance Program. We’re appreciative of our partnership with Equinor to make this scholarship possible, as part of our larger ArtsSmarts partnership with them.”

“I am honoured and excited to be the recipient of the 2022 Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship,” says Anstey. “I am attending George Brown College in Toronto and am enrolled in the Performing Arts Dance Program. Dancing has been my passion since a young child and I’m so happy to have the ability to study dance at the college level. This generous award will help me to begin the training and education required to pursue a career in dance performance.”

A graduate of Holy Heart of Mary High School, Anstey began her dance studies at the age of four, enrolling at The Dance Centre in St. John’s. At age 15, she was accepted to a summer intensive with Quinte Ballet School in Bellville, ON—an experience that confirmed her desire to be a professional dancer. Most recently, Anstey spent two years dancing with Kittiwake Dance Theatre as an Emerging Artist, holding a variety of performing roles.

“Equinor is deeply committed to supporting young people in our communities—our heroes of tomorrow,” says Torstein Hole, Country Manager, Equinor Canada. “That is why we are so pleased to continue our partnership with ArtsNL and award this year’s Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship to inspiring student, Kate Anstey.”

Further information on the ArtsSmarts program and the Equinor ArtsSmarts Scholarship can be found at

Charlene Jackson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL

Alex Collins
Head of Communications, Equinor Canada Ltd.
Mobile: (709) 769-8967
Phone: (709) 738-8644

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; two community representatives (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual allocation of $5 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing. 

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