Roberta Thomas Legacy Award
Neighbourhood Dance Works is honoured to administer the Roberta Thomas Legacy Award. The Award was established by Roberta (Robbie) Thomas' family in 2012 as a way to continue her infectious human spirit by supporting development and presentation in the field of dance and dance collaboration.
The Roberta Thomas Legacy Award (RTLA) is awarded annually to a dance practitioner or an artist in any discipline collaborating with a dance practitioner. Projects are funded up to $1000.00 and can be for ideation, professional development, aspects of creation or final production.
ABOUT ROBERTA THOMAS
Harriett Roberta Thomas was an English émigré to Newfoundland who became a beloved and essential figure to the cultural life of her adopted country. A true believer in the creative arts, she was a friend and second mother to the swarms of young people drawn to her and her sons' musical home in St. John's. As an administrator she worked tirelessly to shore up many arts organizations, giving guidance to eager spirits that matched her own. She had a compelling desire to further all forms of art and loved collaboration. A champion of youth, she was an inspirational mentor to many emerging artists while fostering an environment of independent thinking and community activism. She was someone who got things done, embracing life and all it offered. She had a special passion for dance and was Executive Director of Neighbourhood Dance Works until 2009. She was emerging herself as a talented painter and her passing in December of 2011 left unfinished what was already a rich body of visual art work. A mother, a grandmother, a cook, a traveller, a painter, an archivist, an activist for human rights, an indispensable friend: in all those roles she had a profound effect on those whose lives she touched.
PAST Award Recipients
2017- Lori Clarke
2016- Anne Troake
2015- Sarah Joy Stoker, Pink Noise
2014 -Candice Pike, coeurPulse
2013 - Colleen Quigley, Dancing Documents
2012 - Dave Gardiner, Gros Morne National Park Residency
To donate to the Roberta Thomas Legacy Award please click below.
Banner photo of Robbie Thomas provided by the Thomas Family