9th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards Recipients Announced

Alliance member Dr. Sharon McCoubrey is among thirteen award recipients recognized for their significant achievements and contributions to the arts in the Central Okanagan region at this year's annual Okanagan Arts Awards, held on May 28, 2016 at the Habitat in downtown Kelowna.

The Okanagan Arts Awards were created by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan to celebrate artistic and creative excellence and achievement of artists in all disciplines in the Central Okanagan region.  

The 2016 winners are:

  • Visual Arts: Laurie Koss
  • Dance : Janessa McGrath
  • Music: Andrew Judah
  • Literature: Michael V. Smith
  • Theatre: Robert Mason-Brown
  • Time Based Media: Todd Ramsay
  • Applied Arts: Art Felt Collaborative
  • Art & Business: Carrie Mayhew
  • Business Supporter: The Heritage Retirement Residence
  • Emerging Artist: Kelsie Balehowsky
  • Innovation: Opera Kelowna
  • Community Impact: Lake Country Art Gallery
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Sharon McCoubrey

Award recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Public Presentation – work that has been publicly presented and acknowledged by cultural institutions, organizations or other outstanding practitioners (local,regional, national or international)
  • Peer Recognition – attained a level of artistic excellence in their chosen discipline as recognized and acknowledged by other practitioners in that same discipline
  • Community Engagement – how the community and practitioner have previously and/or currently engage with each other – their ideas and their work – as demonstrated by any or all of the following: gained local media attention, favourable peer review, quoted in other sources and/or by other practitioners cultural event attendance, created learning opportunities, like workshops and lectures
  • Leadership – practitioner is recognized in the community as a leader in their discipline and/or nomination category
  • Extended Reach – how the artistic practitioner is putting the Central Okanagan on the map regionally, nationally and internationally.

For more information on the Okanagan Arts Awards, visit artsco.ca

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