The community’s creative best, and those that support them, received their due on Sunday, October 25.
While the annual St. Catharines Arts Awards moved to a virtual format this year, there was no shortage of real-world talent and support in those recognized with awards during the online affair.
Aimed at celebrating excellence in all areas of artistic creation, the awards seek not only to recognize artistic talent, but to promote the city’s vibrant and growing arts scene. Awards recognize creators and those that support them through their leadership, financial assistance and volunteer efforts.
“Arts and culture gives us so much, it challenges us to think, grow and join together as a community,” said acting supervisor of Cultural Services Kathleen Powell, adding, “it’s no secret culture in our community has exploded in recent years, it’s evident in the recipients and in the list of truly phenomenal nominees, including those providing support for the arts to thrive and those creating and performing in our community.”
Arts Awards recipients each received a hand-crafted award and $500 to support future projects. The Emerging Artist recipient received $500 and a civic certificate. Arts Awards recipients were selected by a jury comprised of past recipients Ola Kiermacz (2019 Emerging Artist), Derek Knight (2018 Arts in Education), the 2019 Awards co-director, Emily Oriold of the Foster Festival, and awards committee representative Wynne Nicholson presiding.
2020 Arts Awards Recipients:
Arts in Education Award, sponsored by the St. Catharines Downtown Association:
Emerging Artist Award, sponsored by Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery:
Established Artist Award, sponsored by Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts: Danny Custodio
Making a Difference Award, sponsored by the Pen Centre: Juliet Dunn
Jury’s Pick Award: Candice Turner-Smith
Event Sponsors Include: The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Flashbox Photography, the Sound STC, YourTV, and Alectra