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City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Arts Awards: 2019 nominations open

Your City. Your Arts. Your Awards.

The St. Catharines Arts Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in all areas of artistic creation. The Arts Awards seek to 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.

Save the date: We will recognize recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. 

2019 NOMINATION CATEGORIES AND FORMS

Nominations are now open.

  • Nomination Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at midnight.

These amazing artists, patrons and administrators will be recognized to represent the St. Catharines community through their commitment, talent, and contribution to the community. 

Five Arts Awards categories are open for nominations this year. Nominations can be submitted using the online application or downloadable forms below.

Information for before you begin

Before you begin an Arts Award nomination you will need:

  • Read the Nomination Guidelines, Rules and Eligibility (click here)
  • A resume, biography or history of the person or group you wish to nominate
  • Information about the nominee’s work in St. Catharines
  • Answers to the three questions specific to category (see below) 
  • Optional: Letters of support from other people enthusiastic about this nominee
  • Optional: support materials such as samples of art practice, media reviews, etc.
  • Please read all guidelines, nomination requirements and gather your supporting documents (refer to guide) before beginning the application.

 Arts in Education Award

The 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.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Give a brief history of the nominee’s arts education programming activities. Is there evidence of real or potential impact on participants from nominee’s activities? If so, please describe.
  2. What is the nominee’s contribution and commitment to the St. Catharines arts community? Has there been third-party recognition of the nominee’s arts education activities?
  3. Is there a special reason this nominee should receive an award in 2019? i.e. is 2019 significant in this nominee’s life?

READY TO NOMINATE? | The Arts in Education Award

NEW | Click here for online application submission | preferred

Click here to download the application in PDF format (for mail submission)

 Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award is presented to two emerging St. Catharines artists working in any discipline to celebrate current accomplishments and future potential. Emerging Artists are establishing careers in their field and are working to become recognized professional artists. The Jury will consider nominees who are 18 years or older, who are based and active in
St. Catharines.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Give a brief history of the nominee’s artwork and/or practice, education and development of his/her artistic practice – if the nominee has a history of production, public presentation or publication, please describe.
  2. What is the nominee’s connection to the St. Catharines arts community? Has the local arts community acknowledged the nominee’s development and work as an artist? Has the nominee contributed to the local arts scene?
  3. Is there a special reason this nominee should receive an award in 2019? i.e. is 2019 significant in this nominee’s life?

READY TO NOMINATE? | The Emerging Artist Award

NEW | Click here for online application submission | preferred

Click here to download the application in PDF format (for mail submission)

 Established Artist Award

The Established Artist Award is presented to a professional St. Catharines artist in any discipline who has received critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in St. Catharines and beyond. The jury will consider nominees who have been actively practicing their art form for at least 10 years and whose work has made an impact on the St. Catharines’ community.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Give a brief history of the nominee’s artwork and/or practice, educational background and his/her artistic practice. Please describe the nominee’s history of production, public presentation or publication.
  2. What is the nominee’s commitment and contribution to the St. Catharines arts community? To the broader arts community (regionally, provincially, nationally)? Have there been critical acknowledgements of the nominee’s work as an artist?
  3. Is there a special reason this nominee should receive an award in 2019? i.e. is 2019 significant in this nominee’s life?

READY TO NOMINATE? | The Established Artist Award

NEW | Click here for online application submission | preferred

Click here to download the application in PDF format (for mail submission)

 Making a Difference Award

The 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.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Give a brief history of the nominee’s contribution to the growth and development of the St. Catharines arts community. How long has the nominee been active in their area of contribution?
  2. What is the nominee’s connection to the St. Catharines arts community? Has the nominee provided leadership in initiating a new or significant event, organization or initiative in St. Catharines? In what way has the nominee contributed to the local arts scene?
  3. Is there a special reason this nominee should receive an award in 2019? i.e. is 2019 significant in this nominee’s life

READY TO NOMINATE? | The Making a Difference Award

NEW | Click here for online application submission | preferred

Click here to download the application in PDF format (for mail submission)

 Patron of the Arts Award

The Patron of the Arts Award celebrates 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.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Give a brief history of the creative and innovative nature of nominee’s arts patronage. In what way have the nominee’s contributions been transformative?
  2. What is the nominee’s connection to the St. Catharines arts community? In what ways has the nominee shown enduring commitment to the local arts community?
  3. Is there a special reason this nominee should receive an award in 2019? i.e. is 2019 significant in this nominee’s life?

READY TO NOMINATE? | The Patron of the Arts Award

NEW | Click here for online application submission | preferred

Click here to download the application in PDF format (for mail submission)

 

Event Details

 Nominee and Recipient Recognition

All nominees will be provided with two (2) tickets to the event and a pre-show reception. Award recognition will be presented as follows:

  • Arts in Education, Established Artist, and Making A Difference - a $500 cheque and a beautifully hand-crafted St. Catharines Arts Award
  • Emerging Artists (2) - a $500 cheque and civic certificate of appreciation
  • Patron of the Arts - a beautifully hand-crafted St. Catharines Arts Award 

First presented in 2005, the Arts Awards celebrate St. Catharines' artists and cultural industries, honour cultural leaders and their achievements, and cultivate support for the arts sector. Arts Award recipients demonstrate St. Catharines' breadth of talent and commitment to the arts.

 Jury

All nominations will be evaluated by an independent Jury comprised of three (3) artists and/or arts professionals. The Jury will be chaired by a member of the Arts Awards Subcommittee and will select the award recipients. All decisions of the Jury are final.

Event Tickets 

Tickets for the Arts Awards will go on sale in spring 2019. All Nominees will be provided with advance tickets.

For More Information

Contact:

Michelle Nicholls
Culture Coordinator
Email: culture@stcatharines.ca
Telephone: 905.688.5601 ext 5232.

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