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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: