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St. Catharines Arts 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: The recipients of the City of St. Catharines Arts Awards will be announced on Monday, June 4 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. All nominees receive advance tickets to the event.

Tickets for the Arts Awards go on sale in the spring. 

2018 Award Categories 

Nominations for the 2018 Arts Awards have now closed. The list of nominees will be announced soon. Please see below for information on the different award categories that will be celebrated at the 2018 St. Catharines Arts Awards. To learn about the nomination process, please read the Nomination Guidelines.

For more information contact:

Ashley Judd-Rifkin
Culture Coordinator
905.688-5601 ext 5229.

Thank you for making the effort to recognize local artists and cultural workers, volunteers and patrons.

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.


Emerging Artist Award

The Emerging Artist Award is presented to two (2) emerging St. Catharines artist working in any discipline to celebration of current accomplishments and future potential. Emerging Artists are establishing careers in their field and are working to become recognized professional artists. The Jury may consider nominees who are 18 years or older, who are based and active in St. Catharines.


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.


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 the arts in St. Catharines. An arts animator is a person who facilitates collaborative or interactive arts initiatives, of any discipline, which enrich the community.


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.




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 and a $500 contribution to be directed to an artist or arts organization of the recipient's choice

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.

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