Mayor's Arts Award for Community Engaged Arts

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

2016 recipients

Jay Hamburger


Jay Hamburger is the founder/current artistic director of Theatre In the Raw. He is a writer, theatre teacher, director, producer, Carnegie-Mellon University theatre graduate, and Vancouver community arts practitioner. He and partner Atty Gell started the 22-yearold company, which produces original and revived full-length and one-act play works.

Jay was an acting coach for Heart of the City Festival and the coordinator and theatre instructor at Carnegie Community Centre. He premiered three original musicals by Bob Sarti: Bruce: The Musical (music by Earle Peach, Bill Sample), Yippies In Love and The Raymur Mothersm (music by Bill Sample). Jay has produced, directed, and broadcast 23 original radio pieces on Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio’s Arts Rational.

Theatre In the Raw has performed at over 50 venues throughout B.C. and Canada with plays ranging from the classics to works of activism/social concern. Recently 12 Angry Jurors was produced successfully at the InterUrban Gallery. The theatre lives on.

Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady

Emerging artist

Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady,is a member of the Nuxalk and Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-basedfemale hip hop/spoken word artist, beatboxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. JB has performed at over 500 hip hop shows, spreading the words of empowerment and the perspective of urban indigenous women in Canada. She has released four albums to date, Indigenous Love (2008); Get Ready, Get Steady (2011) and Indigenous Girl Lifestyle (2014) and the 2015 IMA winning album Indigenized by Entertribal in collaboration with Chief Rock.

JB is the 2015 winner of the Indigenous Music Award for Best Album Cover. She is a five-time nominated artist at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards,the only female to ever be nominated for Best Hip Hop Album (twice), and has been nominated previously for Best Pop Album and Best Album Cover. JB wants young indigenous women to feel proud, inspired, and to see someone on stage that looks like them, representing indigenous women in mainstream media.

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