Feb. 6, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - The poster for the 20th annual Provincial French Pride Week was officially unveiled today at École secondaire Népisiguit in Bathurst.
In September 2008, the Department of Education and various organizations invited all francophone high-school art classes in New Brunswick to enter a new contest. Students were to design the poster for Provincial French Pride Week, based on the 2009 theme: Francophones de tous les pays, venez fêter en Acadie.
The slogan highlights the 2009 World Acadian Congress scheduled to take place on the Acadian Peninsula this August.
"This type of initiative, enabling students to actively participate in this celebration of Acadian and francophone pride, corresponds to one of the commitments of our education strategy, When Kids Come First, to promote cultural identity and linguistic growth," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock.
The art class taught by Lucie St-Pierre won this first contest. The 17 students had a budget of $2,000, and the opportunity to consult a professional artist. Artist Jean-Sébastien Roy, of Nigadoo, said he was thrilled to have the chance to help the young artists produce their artwork.
"As an artist, I had an extraordinary experience with a group of energetic students and a teacher with a passion for the arts," Roy said. "This great teamwork made it possible to create a work full of positive creative energy."
The opening ceremony for the week will take place on March 16 at École Terre-des-Jeunes in Paquetville, the first school in the network of community schools to host the event. Provincial French Pride Week will be celebrated from March 16-20.
MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.