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The Mayor's Arts Awards

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The annual Mayor's Arts Awards recognize 20 established and emerging artists from a diversity of communities that make up our creative sector. Our 10 award categories include: craft and design, culinary arts, film and new media, literary arts, visual arts, public art, community-engaged art, music, dance, and theatre. Honourees receive a cash award and are selected for:

  • Making significant contribution to their respective disciplines
  • Achieving or contributing to artistic excellence
  • Showing leadership and support for Vancouver's diverse cultural communities in their careers

We also recognize contributions to our arts community in five categories: philanthropy, business support, volunteerism, arts board member of the year, and lifetime achievement. Lifetime achievement honourees receive a cash award and honourees of the other categories receive a special non-cash award.

Nominations occur every spring and awards are presented in the fall. The 2017 awards ceremony is on Wednesday, October 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Lifetime Achievement

Mayors Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2016 Honouree - Gordon Smith

Lifetime Achievement

This Mayor's Arts Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions over his or her lifetime to the cultural vibrancy of our city. The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Gordon Smith, a key figure in contemporary Canadian art.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Studio Arts Awards

Jay Hamburger (left) and Jerilynn Webster (right), 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Community Engaged Art honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Community Engaged Arts

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Community Engaged Art goes to Jay Hamburger, a writer, theatre teacher, director and producer who is the founder and current artistic director of Theater In the Raw. Jay’s choice for an emerging artist is Jerilynn Webster aka JB the First Lady, a hip-hop/spoken-word artist, beat boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator.

Sharon Kallis (left) and Rebecca Graham (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Craft and Design honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Craft and Design

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Craft and Design goes to Sharon Kallis, a community engaged environmental artist and committed life-long leaner. Sharon selected Rebecca Graham, who has designed and led eco-art programming for the community, as an emerging artist.

Meeru Dhalwala (left) and Arka Lwin (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Culinary Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Culinary Arts

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Culinary Arts goes to Meeru Dhalwala, who has cooked and run the kitchens at Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants since 1995. Meeru’s choice for an emerging artist is Arka Lwin, who showcases local ingredients through a farm-to-table food truck.

Lorna Boschman (left) and Sebnem Ozpeta (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Film and New Media

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media goes to Lorna Boschman, a media artist who shares unique perspectives from within social justice struggles. Her selection for an emerging artist is Sebnem Ozpeta, a visual artist, video editor and videographer experienced in digital storytelling.

Betsy Warland (left) and Jónína Kirton (right), 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Literary Arts

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts goes to Betsy Warland, author of a dozen books of poetry, creative non-fiction and lyric prose. Betsy selected Jónína Kirton, a Metis/Icelandic poet and facilitator, as an emerging artist.

Instant Coffee (left) and Krista Belle Stewart (right), Mayor's Art Award for Public Art honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Public Art

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art goes to Instant Coffee, a service-oriented artist and curatorial collective. Krista Belle Stewart, whose work engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival materials, is Instant Coffee’s choice for emerging artist.

Dana Claxton (left) and Carlos Colín (right), 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Visual Arts

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Arts goes to Dana Claxton, a critically acclaimed exhibiting artist, film and video maker. For an emerging artist, Dana chose Carlos Colín, whose work has been exhibited widely in Vancouver and Mexico.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Performing Arts Awards

Emily Molnar (left) and Lexi Vajda (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Dance honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Dance

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance goes to Emily Molnar, an internationally respected and critically acclaimed dance artist and artistic director of Ballet BC. Emily selected Lexi Vajda, an independent dance artist, teacher and choreographer, as an emerging artist.

Jocelyn Morlock (left) and Marina Hasselberg (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Music honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Music

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music goes to Jocelyn Morlock, a Juno-nominated composer who is Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence. Jocelyn’s choice for an emerging artist is Marina Hasselberg, a chamber musician specializing in classical music.

Jan Hodgson (left) and Ruth Bruhn (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Theater honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Theatre

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre goes to Jan Hodgson, a theatre and dance stage manager who stage managed at the Vancouver Playhouse for 17 years. Jan selected Ruth Bruhn, a promising stage manager, design assistant and venue manager, as an emerging artist.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Support for the Arts Awards

Hassan Khosrowshahi (left) and Nezhat Khosrowshahi (right), Mayors Arts Award for Philanthropy

Philanthropy

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Philanthropy go to Hassan Khosrowshahi, chairman of Persis Group of Companies and long-time supporter of local arts and culture, and Nezhat Khosrowshahi, a leader and contributor to charitable and community interests.

The Georgia Straight, Mayor's Arts Award for Business Support honoree

Business Support

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Business Support goes to the Georgia Straight, which has covered and supported Vancouver’s creative sector for almost 50 years.

Mary Jane Morita, Mayor's Arts Award for Volunteerism honoree

Volunteerism

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Volunteerism goes to Mary Jane Morita, a dedicated community volunteer who has widely shared her expertise in origami.

Amy Nugent, Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year

Arts Board Member of the Year

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year goes to Amy Nugent, executive director of the Inclusion BC Foundation and president of the Artspeak Board of Directors.

How the Mayor's Arts Award honourees are selected

The Mayor's Arts Awards juries are convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Honourees in the studio and performing arts categories were chosen by juries of their peers, consisting of previous Mayor's Arts Awards recipients. Honourees for Business Support, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism are chosen by juries consisting of business and cultural community members active in those fields.

The Arts Board Member of the Year Award is an initiative of the Society to Bridge Arts and Community. The Society’s board of directors establishes juries who select this category’s honouree, as well as the Lifetime Achievement honouree.

The selection in each category is made from nominations by individual jurors and solicited from the community at large.

Each honouree artist is invited to select an emerging artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.

Honourees, emerging artists, and lifetime achievement recipients each receive a cash award. Those recognized in the Support of the Arts categories, including Philanthropy, Volunteerism, Business Support, and Arts Board Member of the Year, receive a non-cash award.

Thank you, sponsors

The Mayor's Arts Awards are made possible with the generous support of these organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to arts and culture in Vancouver:

 

The Flower Factory

 

The Georgia Straight

 

The Listel Hotel

 

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Contact Vancouver Civic Theatres

Location and mailing address
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Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1

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