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City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Local Arts Take Centre Stage!

The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation and contribution. First presented in 2005, the list of arts award recipients to date demonstrates St. Catharines' breadth of talent and commitment to the arts.

The Arts Awards increase the visibility of St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements, and cultivate financial and volunteer support for the arts sector.

2016 Arts Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Arts Awards! 

St. Catharines Arts Awards - Who will you nominate?

Nomination forms are available for download in the individual categories below. Please see the nomination guidelines for more information on what you need to have - and know - to complete a nomination.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at Midnight

The recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards will be announced on Saturday June 4, 2016 at the Cairns Recital Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Nominations are being accepted for the following Award categories:

Arts in Education Award

Celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging St. Catharines residents through arts education activities.

Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Two emerging St. Catharines artists working in any discipline will be recognized, celebrating current accomplishments and future potential. 

Established Artist Award

For a professional St. Catharines artist in any discipline who has received critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Catharines and beyond. 

Making A Difference Award

Celebrates a St. Catharines arts entrepreneur, arts administrator, arts organization, arts animator or volunteer in the arts whose leadership and innovation have significantly contributed to the growth and development of arts and culture in St. Catharines.

Patron of the Arts Award

Sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association

For an individual or business that has made a meaningful contribution to the arts in St. Catharines through innovative, transformative, and entrepreneurial partnerships or philanthropic investments.
All nominees will be provided with two advance tickets to the event and the pre-show VIP reception. 

Each award recipient will be presented with a civic certificate of appreciation and one of the following:
  • a $500 cheque (Emerging Artists (2))
  • a $500 cheque and a beautifully hand-crafted St. Catharines Arts Award (Artist in Education, Established Artist, Making A Difference)
  • a beautifully hand-crafted St. Catharines Arts Award and a $500 contribution to be directed to an artist or arts organization of the recipient's choice (Patron of the Arts)
View the 2015 Arts Awards program


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