Confederation Centre of the Arts recognized with two awards

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‘Cradling Confederation’ publication, The Showcase gift shop receive accolades

CHARLOTTETOWN –Confederation Centre’s 50th anniversary year has gotten off to a great start, with recent recognition for two regional awards.

Mary Hemphill, assistant manager, and Sandra Jeffrey, manager, stand outside Confederation Centre’s gift shop, The Showcase, with their award as a Top 5 Craft Retailer at the Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence.


Last fall, the national arts centre and memorial to the Fathers of Confederation published “Cradling Confederation: The Founding of Confederation Centre of the Arts.” Written by Dr. Ed MacDonald, associate professor of history at UPEI, this publication chronicles the origins of the centre and outlines the concise and unlikely circumstances that led to all 10 provinces funding a national institution in Canada’s smallest province.

At a recent ceremony in Summerside, “Cradling Confederation” was selected by the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation for the Publication of the Year Award. This commemorative book was commissioned as part of the centre’s 50th celebrations, and is available at the Centre’s gift shop, The Showcase.

"I am both honoured and flattered that ‘Cradling Confederation’ has received the Publication of the Year Award,” says MacDonald. “It is given to a book, not an author, and rightly so. The centre's creative team did a wonderful job of taking my text and deepening its impact through the quality of the design and layout. And it doesn't hurt that the story of the centre's origins is a great one, full of vision, striving, and smarts."

The Showcase was also celebrated of late, chosen by craft producers from across the region at the 2014 Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence. The gift shop was named a Top 5 Craft Retailer for Atlantic Canada and Sandra Jeffrey, manager, attended the ceremony in Halifax, N.S.

Jeffrey noted, “It is such an honour to be nominated and chosen by the craft producers and we wish to thank all who voted for us. As well, a big thank-you goes out to our staff and volunteers for all their efforts.”

The Showcase is open year-round, specializing in quality handcrafted items, jewelry, pottery, women's fashion, memorabilia from the famed “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical” and more. It is located in the centre’s theatre lobby, adjacent to the box office.


Organizations: Confederation Centre, UPEI, PEI Museum Heritage Foundation for the Publication Craft Retailer Atlantic Canada and Sandra Jeffrey

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Summerside, Halifax Green Gables

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