Artists, educators, volunteers and innovators were all celebrated that the 10th Annual Richmond Arts Awards Tuesday evening at city hall.
The evening, which is hosted by the city in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition, recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped generate and invigorate Richmond’s arts scene.
“Through recognition of the artistic achievement and contributions of our residents, artist, educators, organizations and business leaders, the program encourages excellence and builds new leadership within the arts community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in his address.
The evening not only honoured the arts community, but also showcased a number of local talents, including the Richmond Youth Dance Company and remarkable performances by the Canadian YC Chinese Orchestra as well as harp soloist Janelle Nadeau.
The Richmond Youth Media Lab presented a 10th anniversary video and Adrienne Moore, inaugural Arts Education Award recipient, was the evening’s guest speaker.
The City of Richmond congratulates the winners of the 10th Annual Richmond Arts Awards, announced at a ceremony last night, Tuesday, May 15, in Richmond City Hall Council Chambers.
The 2018 award recipients were:
• Ted Hesketh for the Arts Education Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.
• Kerri-Jo Stewart for the Artistic Innovation Award, which recognizes an individual artist or organization producing visionary, creative work, exhibiting innovation within their arts discipline or bringing a new cultural experience to Richmond.
• Ampri Real Estate Development Group for the Business and the Arts Award, which recognizes a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through sponsorship, philanthropic and/or volunteer service.
• Dale Bailey for the Volunteerism Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.
• Emily May for the Youth Arts Award, honouring Richmond’s young artists, musicians and cultural contributors.
• Marina Szijarto for the Cultural Leadership Award, which recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, as well as their organization stewardship and their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.
This year’s selection panel included playwright, actor and stage manager Andrew Wade; winner of last year’s Business and the Arts Award and marketing manager at Lansdowne Centre Bronwyn Bailey; contemporary visual artist Jeanette Jarville; and board member of the Richmond Arts Coalition Susan Skemp. The selection panel reviewed 86 nominations for consideration.
Established to recognize the achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders, the Richmond Arts Awards are administered by the City of Richmond, developed in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition, and are sponsored by the Richmond News.