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Mayor’s Arts Awards honour outstanding members of Vancouver’s arts community

September 26 2016

“This year we recognize Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists who have all contributed immensely to the vibrancy and global influence of our city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The Mayor's Arts Awards logo

Some of the brightest talents and leaders in Vancouver’s arts community will be honoured with the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards at a special ceremony on October 3 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Award categories

The awards celebrate the contributions of honourees and emerging artists in the categories of:

  • Studio and performing arts
  • Support of the arts
  • Lifetime achievement

Honouring those who contribute to the vibrancy and global influence of our city

“This year we recognize Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists who have all contributed immensely to the vibrancy and global influence of our city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Vancouver is home for so many remarkable artists and we need to honour and celebrate them, especially in this 25th year of our Public Art Program! On behalf of all Vancouverites, I extend our gratitude and congratulations to these extraordinary artists.”

How the award recipients are selected

Award recipients are selected for their:

  • Significant contributions to their respective disciplines
  • For leadership, innovation, and support for Vancouver's cultural community over the course of their careers

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

Honourees

The honourees and emerging artists, lifetime achievement recipient each receive a $3,000 cash prize. Those recognized in the support of the arts categories receive a non-cash prize.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards have been presented annually since 2008 to recognize local artists and their contributions to the city.

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees (emerging artists indicated in parentheses) are:

Studio arts

  • Sharon Kallis (Rebecca Graham) for craft and design
  • Meeru Dhalwala (Arka Lwin) for culinary arts
  • Lorna Boschman (Sebnem Ozpeta) for film and new media
  • Betsy Warland (Jónína Kirton) for literary arts
  • Dana Claxton (Carlos Colín) for visual arts
  • Instant Coffee (Krista Belle Stewart) for public art
  • Jay Hamburger (Jerilynn Webster aka JB the First Lady) for community engaged art

Performing arts

  • Emily Molnar (Lexi Vajda) for dance
  • Jocelyn Morlock (Marina Hasselberg) for music
  • Jan Hodgson (Ruth Bruhn) for theatre

Support of the arts

  • Hassan and Nezhat Khosrowshahi for philanthropy
  • Mary Jane Morita for volunteerism
  • The Georgia Straight for business support
  •  Amy Nugent for arts board member of the year

Lifetime achievement

  • Artist Gordon Smith

Find out more about honourees and emerging artists

Other awards that will be presented at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony

Civic Merit Award

Artist Susan Point will be presented with the Civic Merit Award at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony. The Civic Merit Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavour in sports, science, arts, or culture within the city and the province, or in recognition of a specific service.

City of Vancouver Book Award

The winner of the 2016 City of Vancouver Book Award will be announced at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony. Since 1989, the Book Award has recognized works which demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or achievements of its residents. The winner of the Book Award will receive a $3,000 cash prize.

Recognition

The ceremony will also recognize the: