Six winners of the annual 2016 Richmond Arts Awards were announced at a ceremony on May 17 at Richmond City Hall Council Chambers, emceed by Mayor Malcolm Brodie. Established to recognize the achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders, the Richmond Arts Awards are administered by the City of Richmond as developed in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition, and are sponsored by the Richmond News.
The 2016 award recipients are:
Mumtaz Khokar for the Arts Education Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.
Jordan Paterson for the Artistic Innovation Award, which recognizes an individual artist or organization producing visionary, creative work, exhibiting innovation within in their arts discipline or bringing a new cultural experience to the city of Richmond.
Innovation Networks for the Business and Arts Award. This award recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service.
Margaret Stephens for the Volunteerism Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.
Nancy Zhang for the Youth Arts Award, honouring Richmond’s young artists, musicians and cultural contributors.
Bilal Hamoud for the Cultural Leadership Award, which recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, as well as their organization stewardship and their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.
Nominations from the public were reviewed for consideration for the awards by a selection panel comprised of: artist and composer, David Dorrington; performing artist and Richmond Arts Coalition board member, Susan Skemp; teacher and artistic director of the Children’s Arts Festival, Debbie Tobin; and piano teacher and Community Development Coordinator of South Arm Community Centre, Winnie Wong.
For more information about the Richmond Arts Awards, visit www.richmond.ca/artsawards.