MERA Award of Excellence

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 MERA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN FINE ARTS AND FINE CRAFTS.


About the MERA Award

MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts) recognizes that artists are essential to the vitality and well-being of the communities in which they live and work. The MERA Award of Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts was created in 2008 to provide a vehicle to celebrate local artists practicing in the fields of fine arts or fine crafts who demonstrate excellence in their work.

The MERA Award is given every two years on the basis of a body of work in the fields of fine arts and fine crafts.

The MERA Award includes a cash prize of $1000. Additionally, each MERA Award recipient and runners up may be given the opportunity to publicly present his or her artwork at the time the prize is awarded.

This prize is funded in large part by the generous donation to the Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) made by Chris and David Dodge who conceived the Award. The Award is administered and given by MERA.

For detailed information about applying for this award click here to visit the MERA Award of Excellence web page and download the MERA Award of Excellence 2023 Application and Guidelines in either PDF or DOCX format. The application deadline for the 2023 MERA Award is April 30, 2023.


About MERA

McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts (MERA) is a not-for profit charitable corporation dedicated to enriching the lives of members of its community of all ages by providing and encouraging a variety of opportunities for personal expression, instruction and appreciation of the visual and performing arts. MERA’s activities are based in a heritage schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners in the Township of Lanark Highlands, Ontario.

Further Information
For further information about MERA : , email MERA at or write to MERA at:

McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts
974 Concession 9A Dalhousie
McDonalds Corners, ON K0G 1M0