2012 Canadian Arts & Letters Award

Aszure Barton was honoured in New York City
with the 2012 Arts & Letters Award.

Hosted by the Canadian Association of New York Foundation (CANY), the annual black-tie charity event recognizes prominent Canadians who have made significant contributions to their communities, in both Canada and the United States. Canada’s National Ballet School, of which Aszure Barton is an alumna, was the principal beneficiary of this year’s Maple Leaf Ball; proceeds from the event supported NBS students in need of financial assistance.

Past recipients of the Arts & Letters Award have made contributions through stage, screen, television, music, photography and writing. Aszure Barton will join a list of previous honorees that include Oscar Peterson, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood, Paul Shaffer, Christopher Plummer, Eugene Levy, Alex Trebek and Karen Kain. Barton was recognized along with fellow honoree and Maple Leaf Award of Distinction recipient, Christina Gold, Former CEO and President of The Western Union Company. Barton was also joined by several supporters and NBS representatives attending the Ball including Mavis Staines, C.M., DHumL – NBS’ Artistic Director; Brian Miron, President of the Friends of Canada’s National Ballet School Board; and Brenda Eprile, Incoming Board Chair of NBS.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Aszure and her inspiring achievements,” said Mavis Staines. “As Aszure is truly an artistic visionary, this award is a fitting way to celebrate her outstanding contribution to the world of dance. I am grateful to the Canadian Association of New York for supporting NBS students through funds raised from this year’s Maple Leaf Ball. Talent is the sole criterion for entry into NBS’ Professional Ballet Program, and these proceeds will help NBS sustain the essential levels of financial assistance, as almost eighty percent of NBS families qualify for financial support.”

In light of the devastation suffered by the New York community after Hurricane Sandy, the Canadian Association of New York is very proud to be donating all of the proceeds from the Maple Leaf Ball’s silent auction to help with hurricane relief through The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
For more information about the fund, click here.

The Canadian Association of New York aims to promote friendly and positive social relations between Canadians and Americans living in New York. Acting as a focal point for the Canadian community in New York, CANY encourages intellectual, social and professional exchanges between Canada and the United States, while also supporting various charitable activities and causes.

For more information about CANY or the Maple Leaf Ball, please visit: http://www.canadianassociationny.org.

This is an unfathomable honour and I am thrilled to be celebrating this evening with the National Ballet School and Christina Gold.” – Aszure Barton