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Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate those making an impact on Vancouver's arts and culture community

October 4 2017 Winners to be honoured at awards ceremony on October 11

"The honourees are a symbol of our city's burgeoning creative scene and on behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, I congratulate and thank each artist for their valuable contribution to our city," says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

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The annual Mayor's Arts Awards honour community leaders making an impact through arts and culture in Vancouver.

The awards will be presented to winners at a ceremony on October 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

"This year's Mayor's Art Awards showcases our city's immense talent and the up-and-comers paving the way for the future," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The honourees are a symbol of our city's burgeoning creative scene and on behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, I congratulate and thank each artist for their valuable contribution to our city."

Studio Arts and Performing Arts

The award recipients represent a variety of disciplines categorized into Studio Arts and Performing Arts. Each honouree in the Studio and Performing Arts categories is invited to select an emerging artist in their discipline who represents the next generation.

Honours are also awarded in the Support for the Arts categories:

  • Volunteerism
  • Arts Board Member of the Year
  • Philanthropy
  • Business Support.

Arts category honourees, emerging artists, and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients each receive a $3,000 cash prize.

2017 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients

The 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients (emerging artists indicated in parentheses) are:

Studio arts

  • Brendan Lee Satish Tang (Shaun Peter Mallonga) for craft and design
  • Mary Mackay (Leah Patitucci) for culinary arts
  • Peg Campbell (Anaïsa Visser) for film and new media
  • Judy Radul (Julian Hou) for visual arts
  • Bryan Newson (Helen Reed/Hannah Jickling) for public art
  • Earle Peach (Ariel Martz-Oberlander) for community engaged arts
  • Joanne Arnott (Wil George) for literary arts

Performing arts

  • Giorgio Magnanensi (Stefan Maier) for music
  • Artemis Gordon (Livona Ellis) for dance
  • Marcus Youssef (Conor Wylie) for theatre

Lifetime achievement

  • Choo Chiat Goh

Support for the arts

  • Henry Lau for volunteerism, and Arts Board member of the year
  • Donald Shumka for philanthropy
  • London Drugs for business support

2017 awards ceremony

The winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award will also be announced at the ceremony on October 11. The City of Vancouver Book Award recognizes authors of excellence who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver's history, unique character, or the achievement of its residents.

The winner receives a $3,000 prize funded by the City's Publishing Reserve, which was established in 1977 as a permanent legacy for Vancouver writers and publishers.

The ceremony will also recognize the work of the City's Poet Laureate, Artist Live-Work Studio Award recipients, and the community members who contributed to the jury process.

How the honourees are selected

The Mayor's Arts Awards winners are determined through a nomination process and jury adjudication coordinated by the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

Honourees in the studio and performing arts categories are 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.

Learn more about the Mayor's Arts Awards

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