Senator Statement Senator Jane Cordy October 7th, 2014
Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, I rise today to honour one of our colleagues, Senator Wilfred P. Moore. On May 17 of this year, Senator Moore received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, also known as NSCAD. This award was presented during the university's graduation ceremony at the Cunard Centre in Halifax.
Amid his various contributions to community life in Halifax, Senator Moore is particularly responsible for the Community Studio Residency Program in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The program, which is now in its eighth year, offers recent graduates of NSCAD the opportunity to develop their studio practice. As part of the residency, the graduates also work with elementary and secondary school students and offer workshops and lectures in the Lunenburg community.
An example of someone who has benefited greatly from the program and her time at NSCAD is visual artist Hangama Amiri. Ms. Amiri is an Afghan woman who came to Canada at the age of seven. In 2010, she returned to her hometown of Kabul, and upon her return to Canada created a project based on the women she met and observed while there. This project, entitled The Wind-Up Dolls of Kabul, garnered international attention. She worked on a second project during the time of her residency in Lunenburg entitled The Male Gaze.
Ms. Amiri is just one example of how support for the arts and, indeed, for artists is extremely important. It is also a testament to how these endeavours are valuable to our communities. The Lunenburg residency program established by Senator Moore has served as an example for residencies in other communities, including New Glasgow, Sydney and Dartmouth. Because of these residencies, many artists have stayed to live, to work and to contribute to their respective communities.
Senator Moore, I would like to congratulate you on this well- deserved honour and applaud your many contributions to our home of Nova Scotia. Your contributions to the arts community are not only invaluable, but they create a chain effect that facilitates others to contribute their gifts and their voices as well, and for that, we thank you.