The following information is excerpted from a press release issued by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.
The 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards were presented Friday, May 12 at a gala in Kelowna hosted by Kelowna mayor Colin Basran and Nathan Flavel. The 2017 Okanagan Arts Awards winners include:
- Applied Arts: Lucas Glenn
- Art + Business: Shandra Smith
- Business Supporter: Milkcrate Records
- Community Impact: Bonnie Gratz / New Vintage Theatre
- Dance: Ballet Kelowna
- Emerging Artist: Immaculate
- Innovation: Opera Kelowna
- Literature: Matt Rader
- Music: Kim Kleineberg
- Theatre: Janet Anderson
- Timed Based Media: Pinstripe Productions
- Visual Arts: Jolene Mackie
In addition, multidisciplinary artist and outspoken arts advocate Julia Trops was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.