Richmond Arts Awards
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Richmond Arts Awards Update - 2020 Recipients announced
The annual Arts Awards recognize the achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders. Though the annual ceremony originally scheduled for May 12 was cancelled due to physical distancing protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe, now more than ever, that the arts, and the many individuals who help keep our spirits nurtured through the arts, should be recognized.
In lieu of the ceremony, each recipient will be profiled in an online campaign over the summer highlighting their work and contributions to the Richmond art community via the @HowArtWorks Instagram account. This initiative will be supported by the Arts Awards’ long standing partner, Richmond News. The honourees will also be invited to join future recipients, in person, when the ceremony can, once again, be held in person.
For more information about this program contact Camyar Chaichian, Acting Manager, Community Cultural Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-247-8326.
The Richmond Arts Awards are presented through a partnership between the Richmond Arts Coalition and the City of Richmond's Arts Services, and sponsored by the Richmond News. To date, the program has attracted more than 200 nominations across six categories, recognizing both well-established institutions and rising stars in Richmond’s arts community. Three finalists in each of the six categories will be named in April and award recipients will be announced in a special ceremony hosted by Mayor Malcolm Brodie at Richmond City Hall, with dates to be announced. All artistic disciplines are eligible.
Recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.
2020 Arts Education Recipient: Richmond Music School
Established in 1979, this non-profit association is committed to a high standard of professional music instruction with a focus on accessibility.
Recognizes an individual artist or organization that is producing visionary creative work, exhibiting innovation within their arts discipline and/or bringing a new cultural experience to the city of Richmond.
2020 Artistic Innovation Recipients: Direct Theatre Collective and Dawn Lo
Direct Theatre Collective
Direct Theatre Collective is Richmond’s newest independent theatre company. They received critical acclaim and praise for their inaugural project Hysteria, which was created for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2018, and developed further in 2019 for their first independent theatre season. This award-winning show is due for an inaugural performance in Richmond in the near future. The company is spearheaded by Artistic Director Jill Raymond alongside founding directors Isa Sanchez and Jenna Grubaugh.
This freelance illustrator’s works and artist talks have been featured throughout Richmond in locations that include the Richmond Public Library, Children’s Arts Festival and Thompson Community Centre.
Business and the Arts
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.
2020 Business and the Arts Recipient: Jason Ko/Viva Pharmaceutical
This business has supported arts and youth through annual sponsorship of the Richmond Media Lab since 2015.
Recognizes an individual that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Richmond by supporting a Richmond-based artist or arts organization through volunteer service.
2020 Volunteerism Recipient: Ray Chin
This long-time volunteer has been involved in a variety of local arts and culture initiatives including Richmond Maritime Festival, Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence program and arts projects at numerous community centres.
Recognizes a performing, literary or visual artist, 24 years of age or younger, who has demonstrated outstanding promise and commitment to the Richmond arts community.
The winner of this category will be awarded a $200 cash prize by the Richmond Arts Coalition.
2020 Youth Arts Recipient: Rotem Levy
Levy is digital and visual artist, and leader in the Richmond Youth Media Program and Youth Art Mart. She also works on Foundry Richmond's communication team and is currently studying 3D animation at Emily Carr.
Recognizes an arts professional or organization as a leader in their arts discipline, their organization stewardship and/or their contribution to Richmond’s cultural development.
2020 Cultural Leadership Recipient: Terry Point
As a Musqueam cultural educator and advisor and Aboriginal student support worker with the Richmond School District, Terry Point has worked collaboratively with numerous cultural projects and locations in Richmond including Terra Nova Park, Richmond Arts Strategy Task Group, Richmond Public Library, Children’s Arts Festival and Richmond Art Gallery.
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