Kamloops, BC – The time of year has come to think about those people and businesses who have contributed so significantly to the cultural vibrancy of this region. The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts committee is now accepting nominations for the annual arts awards that recognize and celebrate artists and arts supporters in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
For 2021, the award categories are Artist of the Year – Performing Arts, Corporate Champion, Emerging Artist and Innovation in Support of the Art, and Enduring Supporter.
Artist of the Year – Performing Arts: Recognizes the work of an experienced Kamloops artist who has made remarkable contributions to the performing arts in Kamloops.
Corporate Champion: Recognizes outstanding Kamloops business leaders and/or medium to large businesses/corporations that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist.
Emerging Artist: Recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist/musician/performer (age 18-35) working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential. The recipient of the Emerging Artist award will also receive a $500.00 cash prize sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council. Innovation in the Arts: Recognizes a business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in a creative and original manner. Nomination forms can be found on the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts website at: www.mayorsgalaforthearts.com.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 6, at 5:00 pm.
The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts will be presented at the 14th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts in January 2021. The event is presented by the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre.