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Six Richmond Arts Awards winners announced

Artists recognized for their achievements and contributions to the community
2021 Arts Award recipient Jackie Lai-crop(1)
Jackie Lai, recipient of the 2021 Youth Arts Award.

Six recipients of the Richmond Arts Awards were recognized for their work and dedication in the arts community.

The 13th annual arts awards, presented by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition, recognize Richmond residents, artists, business leaders, educators and change-makers who have contributed to the arts community.

This year, a total of 51 applications were received and reviewed across six categories this year.

“In the past year, the arts have helped us cope with our separation by bringing us together in creative ways,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie

“Despite the challenges artists have faced, these recipients demonstrated resourcefulness, tenacity and passion for their community and deserve the recognition they are receiving with this award.”

This year’s 2021 Richmond Arts Awards recipients:

Artistic Innovation

Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc.

Arts Education

Brigid Coult

Business and the Arts

Aberdeen Centre

Cultural Leadership

Chiyoko ‘Mary’ Hirano


Jiliang Yao

Youth Arts

Jackie Lai

The Richmond Arts Awards ceremony is held annually every May. However, like in 2020, the ceremony is cancelled once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, an online campaign will be held throughout the summer to highlight each artists’ work on the @HowArtWorks Instagram account.