Kamloops Opens Nominations for Annual Arts Awards

Mayor Ken Christian (l) poses with 2019 Emerging Artist winner Robin Hodgson.

Mayor Ken Christian (l) poses with 2019 Emerging Artist winner Robin Hodgson.

Know a person or business who needs to be recognized for their contributions to the arts in Kamloops? Nominations are now open for the city’s annual arts awards, to be presented at the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts in January.

The Award categories for the 2019 Mayor's Awards for the Arts are Emerging Artist, Community Impact, and Corporate Champion:

  • Emerging Artist: Recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist/musician/performer (age 18-35) working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential. The recipient of the Emerging Artist award will also receive a $500.00 cash prize sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council.

  • Enduring Supporter: The Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre are now all mature, nationally recognized arts institutions. Each have dedicated 40+ years to sharing performances, exhibitions and associated programs with residents and visitors of Kamloops and the TNRD. This award recognizes the long-serving and foundational commitment of an outstanding individual through contributions of time and potentially support (cash or in-kind) that has contributed to the success of one or all of these arts organizations.

  • Corporate Champion: Recognizes outstanding Kamloops business leaders and/or medium to large businesses/corporations that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m. Nomination forms can be found online here.

The awards gala will be held on January 18, 2020, at Colombo Lodge, presented by the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre.

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