2013 Arts AwardsThe City of Richmond is delighted to congratulate the six winners of the fifth annual Richmond Arts Awards, as presented by Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a ceremony in Council Chambers on May 8, 2013.
Recognizes an individual or organization whose achievements and contributions to arts education have been significant and far reaching.
BC Children’s Art and Literacy Centre Society
Formed in 2004 to augment arts education, the BC Children’s Art and Literacy Centre Society provides teachers in the school system with support to deliver the arts curriculum and to use the arts to enhance literacy and learning in all subjects. Since its inception, the society has facilitated an artist-in-residence with illustrator Max Newhouse at Whiteside Elementary school, brought Gateway Theatre Academy instructors into classrooms, and has, since 2009, produced in partnership with the City of Richmond the annual Children’s Arts Festival at the Richmond Cultural Centre where hundreds of students get the opportunity to learn a new visual or performing art form directly from a professional artist. The society’s long-term goal is to operate a gallery and learning centre.
FINALISTS: Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts and Dr. Sze-oi Lucia Lau
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.
Jeanette G. Lee
An award-winning sculptor, musician and former BC school teacher, Jeanette is passionate about collaborative community art-making, especially when working with youth. In 2011, she made a significant contribution to the Richmond Nature Park with the creation of Green Symphony, a series of seven sculptures designed along themes inspired by the drawings and ideas of local school children. The resulting work speaks to the Park’s plants, animals, microscopic and organic life and how each life form interconnects with the others. She is also the creator of House of Roots located at Paulik Park.
FINALISTS: Glen Andersen and Richmond in 3D
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.
RBC Royal Bank
The RBC Financial Group has supported the Richmond Art Gallery’s Family Sunday educational program since 2003 and performs a critical role in supporting the gallery to fulfill its commitments to visual arts education in the community. Family Sunday is a free drop-in program for parents and their children, held once a month at Richmond Art Gallery. It is run by a dedicated group of volunteer Richmond high school students who, under the guidance of an artist facilitator, prepare exhibition-related activities and projects for all ages. To date, over 11,500 parents and children have participated in the program and without the support of RBC, it would not be possible to provide free activities to such large audiences.
FINALISTS: Accent Inns and Michael Audain
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.
Nes and Tonette Gatus
Nes and Tonette came to Canada in 1997 with a professional background in traditional Filipino dance and music. From their passion and desire to give Filipino-Canadian youth the opportunity to discover their heritage and introduce this rich folk art tradition to all Canadians, the Philippine Cultural Art Society of BC was born in 2000. Since then, their members (children, youth and adults) have travelled across Canada and internationally to perform as part of cultural and educational exchanges, and folk art festivals. Moreover, their goal is to develop tomorrow’s leaders; seasoned performers provide mentorship, coordinate tours and more for the society.
FINALISTS: Lynn Chen and Loraine Wellman
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.
A visual artist at Steveston-London Secondary School, Shirley shares her talents with the community at large. She has worked on murals for charity, designed t-shirts and buttons to fundraise for the victims of the Japanese Tsunami, curated Art Week exhibits at Aberdeen Centre, illustrated children’s books and volunteered her time for the school yearbook. She has received top marks in Art and won the top Youth award at the Grand Prix of Art event in Steveston in 2011. Having attended National Portfolio Day, she received pre-admission to Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Ontario University of Art, Design and Media.
FINALISTS: Andrew Cohen and Alexa Fraser
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.
Gateway Theatre has been producing professional theatre since 1984, and does much more than put on six plays each season on the Main Stage and Studio B stages. Their projects, like Sea of Stories, pair Richmond residents with professional theatre artists to bring stories of our city to life. SceneFirst, Gateway’s play development series, supports emerging playwrights. Gateway mentors new performers, designers and students in their chosen crafts, provides expertise to amateur performing groups renting stages, loans equipment and costumes to schools, and donates tickets to non-profit agencies.
FINALISTS: Sara Holt and Richmond Youth Concert Band
The Richmond Arts Awards was developed in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition and is sponsored by the Richmond News.
2013 Selection Committee
- Bronwyn Bailey, Lansdowne Centre
- Simon Johnston, retired artistic director, Gateway Theatre
- Willa Walsh, Richmond Arts Coalition
- Ying Wang, Cinevolution Media Arts Society
2011 Arts Award Winners
2010 Arts Award Winners
2009 Arts Award Winners