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18 finalists announced for this year's Richmond Arts Awards
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Loraine Wellman is one of 16 finalists for this year's Richmond Arts Awards

The finalists for the sixth annual Richmond Arts Awards have been announced.

A total of 18 people or organizations are vying for one of six awards — run by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition and supported by the Richmond News — recognizing the achievements and contributions to the arts from Richmond residents, artists, educators and businesses.

For the 87 nominations received, the finalists in each category are:

Artistic Innovation: Glen Andersen; Richmond in 3D and Marina Szijarto;

Arts Education: The Arts Connection; Joan Brander and Debbie Tobin;

Business and the Arts: Accent Inns; Michael Audain and Richmond Steel Recycling Ltd.;

Cultural Leadership: Bong Ja Ahn; Aarthi Naidu and RichCity Idol;

Volunteerism: Geok Bin Phua; Floyd Corey and Loraine Wellman;

Youth Arts: Andrew Cohen; Alexa Fraser and Angelica Poversky.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will announce the winners at a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 6 at Richmond City Hall.

This year’s selection panel includes: Gateway Theatre’s general manager, Suzanne Haines; Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s events and professional studies communications coordinator, Radka Hladil; the 2012 winner for Arts Education and founder of Tickle Me Pickle, Jon Lee-Son, and the treasurer and primary administrator of the Community Arts Council of Richmond, Margaret Stephens.