Innovative community programming has won Creative Writing Associate Professor Nancy Holmes the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs’ 2015 Robert Kroetsch Teaching Award.
Holmes is recognized for Dig Your Neighbourhood (DYN), a project of the Department of Creative Studies, where students create a package of art for a Kelowna neighbourhood which is then distributed by the Welcome Wagon Ltd.
“The Dig Your Neighbourhood Project is exciting, valuable, full of story, that spans classrooms across semesters. We particularly enjoy that you partner with the Welcome Wagon and use their community welcome as a way to connect residents with the stories that surround the spaces they live in and share,” judges said in announcing the award.
The 2015 Dig Your Neighbourhood project was launched in early April in Kelowna’s Mission community. Previous DYN endeavours have taken place in the North Kelowna and Rutland neighbourhoods.