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City celebrates the 2018 class of Arts Awards recipients

Posted on Tuesday June 05, 2018
City honours 2018 Arts Awards recipients
The City honoured its2018 Arts Awards recipients on June 4. From left are Jessica Wilson, Patrick Little, Rebecca Cann, Patricia Vanstone, Shauna McLeod and Derek Knight. Missing from photo is Marinko Jareb.

The 2018 St. Catharines Arts Awards celebrated the outstanding contributions of the arts community and will go down as a night to remember.

Last night, the City of St. Catharines honoured its 2018 Arts Awards recipients during a special event at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the City’s home for arts and culture in downtown St. Catharines.

“At the heart of vibrant cities around the world you will find a dynamic and expressive arts and culture community – including right here in St. Catharines,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Congratulations to the recipients and nominees. Your contributions to the cultural vibrancy of our community are part of what makes St. Catharines such a great place to live.”

The 2018 St. Catharines Arts Awards recipients are:

Arts in Education Award, sponsored by The Pen Centre: Derek Knight.

Emerging Artist Award, sponsored by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University (two recipients): Marinko Jareb; Jessica Wilson.

Established Artist Award, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union: Patricia Vanstone.

Making a Difference Award, sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association: Rebecca Cann.

Patron of the Arts Award, sponsored by Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery: Patrick Little.

Jury’s Pick Award, Anonymously sponsored: Shauna MacLeod.

The Jury’s Pick Award, first awarded in 2017, is presented at the jury’s discretion to an individual, collective or organization nominated in any category but not receiving an award. The recipient must have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the arts in St. Catharines.

Previous Arts Awards recipient David Green hosted the evening while Arts Awards nominees, Tenja Hagenberg, The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Paul Koshty of the Willow Community, Jessica Wilson, Patricia Vanstone and Melissa-Marie Shriner treated attendees to fantastic live performances. Incidental music for the evening was provided by nominee Marinko Jareb (DJ Marinko).

Arts Awards recipients each received a hand-crafted award and $500 to support future projects. Emerging Artist recipients received $500 and a civic certificate. Arts Awards winners were selected by a jury comprised of Colin Bruce Anthes, Emma German and Bob Henderson.

Nominees and community sponsors were also celebrated before the Arts Awards at the Mayor’s Arts Fund Reception, an annual fundraiser that supports the arts through private sector contributions to the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP). Since beginning in 2016, the Mayor’s Arts Fund Reception has raised $42,000 for SCCIP. Mayor Sendzik thanked the 2018 sponsors: Meridian Credit Union, Peter Partridge Wealth Management, Niagara Casinos, TAG Art Gallery, Performance Auto Group and Sally McGarr Realty.

Since its start in 2005, the Arts Awards have increased the visibility of St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honoured cultural leaders and cultivated financial and volunteer support for the arts sector.

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