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The Mayor's Arts Awards

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Celebrating Excellence

Arts and culture play a vital role in the liveability of any city. At the City of Vancouver, we realize how important supporting our arts and cultural communities is and how essential this investment is to our city.

From music and dance to visual arts and new media, Vancouver is enriched, enlivened, and economically and socially enhanced by arts and culture.

Our creative future is in our collective hands. Based on the talented, inspiring people we honour through the Mayor's Arts Awards, our future looks bright.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Lifetime Achievement

Joy Coghill, 2015 Mayors Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement honoree

Lifetime Achievement

The 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement goes to actor, teacher, and director Joy Coghill for making significant contributions over her lifetime to the cultural vibrancy of our city.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Studio Arts Awards

Renae Morriseau (left) and Lorelei Williams (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Community Engaged Art honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Community Engaged Arts

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.

Debra Sloan (left) and Sam Knopp (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Craft and Design honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Craft and Design

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.

Alice Spurrell (left) and Jennifer Peters (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Culinary Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Culinary Arts

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.

Cindy Mochizuki (left) and Amanda Strong (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Film and New Media

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.

Kate Braid (left) and Rob Taylor (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Literary Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

Literary Arts

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.

Liz Magor (left) and Devon Knowles (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Public Art honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Public Art

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.

Brian Jungen (left) and Ron Tran (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Visual Arts

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.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Performing Arts Awards

Crystal Pite (left) and Lesley Telford (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Dance honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Dance

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.

Veda Hille (left) and Adrian Teacher (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Music honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Music

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.

Margo Kane (left) and Tai Grauman (right), 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Theatre honouree and emerging artist, respectively

Theatre

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.

Mayor's Arts Awards | Support for the Arts Awards

Leonard Schein, 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Philanthropy honouree

Philanthropy

The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Philanthropy goes to Leonard Schein, founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas.

Goldcorp, 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Business Support honouree

Business Support

The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Business Support goes to Goldcorp, a company that has generously supported a wide range of arts organizations in Vancouver.

Audrey Zaharichuk, 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Volunteerism honouree

Volunteerism

The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Volunteerism goes to Audrey Zaharichuk, who has dedicated her free time to many organizations in the Vancouver arts and cultural community.

Jane Westheuser, 2015 Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year honouree

Arts Board Member of the Year

The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year goes to Jane Westheuser, who has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 25 years.

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:

Alliance for Arts and Culture

 

The Flower Factory

 

The Georgia Straight

 

The Listel Hotel

 

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

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