Nominations Are Open for the 2017 City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards!

The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards  recognize established and emerging artists from a diversity of communities that make up our creative sector. These artists represent a wide array of disciplines – from literary and culinary, to visual and performing arts. Five unique awards also recognize contributions to our arts community that reflect the rich diversity of our city.

Honourees in the ten arts 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 diverse cultural communities over the course of their careers.

Honourees in the arts categories each select an Emerging Artist in their discipline who represents the promise of the next generation of diverse artists.

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

Juries are coordinated by the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

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 Alliance’s charitable partner.

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 presented through the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Artists and Emerging Artists, Lifetime Achievement recipients, and Vancouver Book Award recipients receive 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 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented the evening of Wednesday, October 11 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.


12:00 noon on Thursday, May 18


  • 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 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards nomination form and further details on nomination criteria. 

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