The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Community Engaged Art goes to Renae Morriseau, who works to cultivate social justice and inclusiveness through the creative arts. Renae selected Lorelei Williams, founder of a dance troupe that commemorates female victims of violence, as an emerging artist.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Craft and Design goes to Debra Sloan, a ceramic artist and local leader in the ceramics field. Debra selected Sam Knopp, co-founder of the Dusty Babes Ceramic Collective, as an emerging artist.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Culinary Arts goes to Alice Spurrell, a renowned Vancouver caterer and co-founder of the local retail mecca Les Ami du Fromage. Alice’s selection for emerging artist is Jennifer Peters, co-founder of the company Nextjen Gluten-Free.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media goes to Cindy Mochizuki, a multimedia artist who works in a wide range of mediums with a large body of her work dealing with the uprooting of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Cindy selected Amanda Strong, an indigenous filmmaker, educator and media artist, as an emerging artist.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts goes to Kate Braid, the writer or editor of 11 books of poetry and non-fiction on topics ranging from Emily Carr to BC miners. Kate’s choice for an emerging artist is Rob Taylor, a writer who has published a collection of poems and chapbooks.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art goes to Liz Magor, an award-winning sculptor who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Devon Knowles, who has worked on public art commissions and solo and group exhibitions, is Liz’s choice for emerging artist.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Arts goes to Brian Jungen, a sculptor and multidisciplinary artist who employs repurposed materials in contemporary and traditional techniques. For an emerging artist, Brian chose Ron Tran, who works across various media from performance to sculpture.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance goes to Crystal Pite, a dancer and choreographer whose work has been featured nationally and internationally. Crystal selected Lesley Telford, a Vancouver-born choreographer, performer and teacher, as an emerging artist.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music goes to Veda Hille, a singer and songwriter whose talents have contributed greatly to local music and theatre. Veda’s choice for an emerging artist is Adrian Teacher, a musician best known for his work with the bands Apollo Ghosts and COOL TV.
The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre goes to Margo Kane, an interdisciplinary Cree / Saulteaux artist and a leading figure in Aboriginal performing arts. Margo selected Tai Amy Grauman, an up-and-coming director and writer, as an emerging artist.
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: