The Graham Academy, the performance arts training division of Camber Arts, was founded in 2016. With new programs and opportunities being introduced each year, Graham Academy was established to support and perpetuate the legacy of musical excellence in Corner Brook as developed by the Chair of Gros Morne Summer Music, Dr. Gary Graham.
HISTORY OF GRAHAM ACADEMY
The Graham Academy was established in September 2016 by Camber Arts in collaboration with Dr. Gary Graham, to support and perpetuate the legacy of musical excellence in Corner Brook as developed throughout the lifetime of Dr. Gary Graham.
The Graham Academy is proud to be founded based upon the rich history of Dr. Gary Graham’s work here in Corner Brook. The Graham Academy gets its name and spirit from Gary Graham, the Chair of Gros Morne Summer Music from 2007 – 2019, and the recipient of both the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University for excellence in music education and lifelong service to the arts. Each initiative of the Graham Academy celebrates and supports the continuation of a different aspect of fifty years of Dr. Graham’s teaching in Corner Brook.
When we debated the right logo for the Graham
Academy we wanted something that represented
where this organization is rooted. For many of us who
sat in school choirs or took private lessons with Gary,
his handwriting on the chalk board or our dictation
books was distinct, terrifying, and endearing.
Many young students can be heard referring to Mr.
Graham as ‘Mr. G’ and/or affectionately referring to him simply as “G” as they enter adulthood.
With all of this in mind we decided on a logo that’s primary focus is that of ‘Mr. G’ or ‘G’. What better way to brand an academy dedicated to growing his legacy and inspiring generations to come than with the penmanship of the man himself?
Andrea Barrett snuck into a piano lesson and requested Mr. G write out the words GRAHAM ACADEMY plus several dozen letter ‘G’s that we then sent to graphic designer Jeremy Osmond at J.Osmond Design. Jeremy then converted the handwriting into a variety of different graphic images that we spent a month debating.
We are so excited that this logo will pay tribute to the education, excellence and inspiration embodied by our very own Mr. Graham.
We hope this is something our whole community can feel very proud of.