Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nanaimo Cultural Awards Nominations

 Nanaimo 2012 Cultural Awards
Call For Nominations

The City of Nanaimo Cultural Committee will again be recognizing outstanding organizations, groups or individuals in the arts and cultural fields in Nanaimo. The public is invited to nominate organizations or individuals for the ‘Excellence in Culture’ or ‘Honour in Culture’ award. This is your chance to pay recognition to people and groups you know that have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a more culturally vibrant city.

Each year, the ‘Excellence in Culture’ award is presented to an organization or individual that has achieved regional and/or national recognition in the field of arts and culture (visual, performing or literary arts). The recipient of this award would be well recognized as a Nanaimo Artist, having demonstrated excellence in their field, and as being a significant inspiration to others. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include music teacher Brian Stovel, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist/singer Diana Krall, author/historian Lynne Bowen, and more recently the city recognized Jillian Vanstone, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada.

The ‘Honour in Culture’ Award is presented to an individual, group or corporation that is known for their dedication and support of the development of the cultural fabric of Nanaimo. Previous recipients of this prestigious award have included literary arts supporter Thora Howell, The Nanaimo Theatre Group, Arts Alive Summer School of the Fine Arts, arts advocate Sandra Thomson and most recently the city recognized Nanaimo Youth Choir conductor Marian Smith.

Nominations for both awards will be reviewed by the Cultural Committee with recommendations to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission for their endorsement. The awards will be presented in the spring of 2013 at the Port Theatre by City Council, in the form of a framed photograph of the recipient that will be displayed in the Margaret Strongitharm Gallery at the Port Theatre. The Nanaimo Cultural Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous donation of professional photographic services by local photographer Gary Peters.

Nomination forms may be picked up at Bowen Park or Beban Park Recreation Centres or online at HERE.  The deadline for submissions is September 14, 2012. For more information, please contact Bob Kuhn, Manager of Recreation and Culture Services at 250-760-1139.

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