The Ontario Arts Council has named playwright and poet Daniel David Moses the winner of its $10,000 Aboriginal Arts Award.
Founded in 2012, the prize recognizes work of excellence by Ontario First Nations artists. It is announced in June, National Aboriginal History Month.
Moses, a resident of Kingston, Ontario, hails from the Six Nations of Grand River. He has been actively involved in the arts for more than 30 years as an essayist, poet, writer-in-residence, editor, dramatist, and more. He’s produced 13 plays and co-edited An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (Oxford University Press). Moses has also served as a national drama scholar at Queen’s University and has worked with countless writing, theatre, and arts organizations.
Each award recipient is asked to nominate an emerging aboriginal artist to receive a $2,500 prize. This year, Moses selected actor, producer, and playwright Falen Johnson, who is currently working on the Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS Festival as an artistic associate.
Moses and Johnson will be honoured at an event this summer.