Nominations Open For the 2016 City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards

The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize established and emerging artists in a wide array of disciplines that make up our creative sector – from literary to culinary and visual to performing arts, as well as five unique awards for contributions to our community.

Honourees in the ten artistic categories are chosen by a jury of peers, usually consisting of the three previous years’ recipients, for having made a significant contribution to their respective disciplines, achieving or contributing to artistic excellence, and for showing leadership and support for Vancouver’s cultural community over the course of their careers. 

Each arts category Honouree selects an Emerging Artist in their discipline who represents the promise of the next generation. 

Honourees for Business Support, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism are chosen by juries consisting of business and cultural community members active in those fields.

Awards for Arts Board Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement are determined by a jury convened by the board of the Society to Bridge Arts and Community.

The selection in each category is made from nominations proposed by individual jurors and solicited from the community at large.

In all, a total of 26 Awards, including the City of Vancouver Book Award, are included in the Awards Presentations.

Artist and Emerging Artist Honourees and Lifetime Achievement recipients receive a cash award. The Vancouver Book Award recipient also receives a cash award. Special non-cash awards are given for support of the arts through Volunteerism, Philanthropy, Business Support, and Arts Board Member of the Year.

The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented the evening of Monday, October 3 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.


12 noon on Monday, April 25

Mayor's Arts Awards Categories

  • Craft & Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Film & New Media
  • Literary Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Public Art
  • Community Engaged Art
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Philanthropy
  • Business Support
  • Volunteerism
  • Arts Board Member of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement


Please note that each nomination requires two nominating parties. Click here to access the 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards nomination form and further details on nomination criteria. 

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