John V. Hicks (1907 – 1999)
John V. Hicks was Prince Albert’s former Poet Laureate. Hicks left a legacy of contributions to the arts and culture of Canada, Saskatchewan and Prince Albert. Although he never formally taught poetry or music, he participated in afternoon teas at the Prince Albert Arts Centre almost daily where he served as a mentor for aspiring artists. Here, his ability to recognize talent drew many young people to him for a review (or a preview). It was Hicks who encouraged the tenor Jon Vickers to pursue a singing career. It is for these contributions that the art gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Centre was named in honor of John V. Hicks.
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Second Floor of the Prince Albert Arts Centre
1010 Central Ave.
Prince Albert, SK