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Awards applaud distinction in arts

Don Fennell   May-17-2018

Dancers from the Richmond Youth Company performed at the 10th annual Richmond Arts Awards on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


A decade ago, the Richmond Arts Awards debuted to recognize community excellence in six disciplines: visual, performing, literary, culinary, environmental and new media.

Three finalists were named in each category in April for the 2018 awards, with the winners announced at a special civic ceremony Tuesday hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

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A selection panel that included playwright, actor and stage manager Andrew Wade, Lansdowne Mall marketing manager Bronwyn Bailey, contemporary visual artist Jeanette Jarville and Richmond Arts Coalition board member Susan Skemp reviewed 86 nominations before selecting the following award recipients for this year’s awards:

•Ted Hesketh—Arts Education Award, presented to an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been within their arts discipline or bringing a new cultural experience to Richmond;

•Kerri-Joe Stewart—Artistic Innovation Award, presented to 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—Business and Arts Award, presented to 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—Volunteerism Award, presented to 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—Youth Arts Award, honouring Richmond’s young artists, musicians and cultural contributors; and

•Marina Szijarto—Cultural Leadership Award, recognizing an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, as well as their organization stewardship and contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.

Recognizing achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders, the Richmond Arts Awards program has, to date, attracted more than 180 nominations while recognizing well-established institutions and rising stars in the arts community.


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