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December 3, 2019 -

Mayor Bryan Paterson recognized the 2019 recipients of the Mayor's Arts Awards at a ceremony and reception held last night at City Hall. Now in its third year, the Mayor's Arts Awards is an annual recognition program that celebrates artistic achievement and recognizes extraordinary contributions in and to the arts.

"The arts are such an important contributor to the quality of life in our city. They add to the vitality of our community and help to create an atmosphere that residents and tourists love and enjoy," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "That's why it's such a pleasure to recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Kingston. A big congratulations to this year's Mayor's Arts Awards recipients!"

The City, through the Cultural Services Department, administers the Mayor's Arts Awards program and works with the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) to document and promote the work of award recipients including the commissioning of profile videos. The nomination of award recipients is facilitated through the City of Kingston Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) that establishes a Nominations Working Group (NWG) each year for this purpose.

The 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards winners will also be formally recognized by city Council at tonight's meeting.

2019 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients by category

Creator Awards

The Creator Award (cash prize of $2,500, award and certificate) recognizes living artists, artistic collectives, or arts organizations. Three Creator Awards will be given each year to honour artistic merit and/or innovation that advances the arts in the city, contributes to the development of the art form and expresses the cultural vitality of Kingston.

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Mark Sirett, an award-winning conductor, composer, pianist and organist. 
  • Helen Humphreys, an acclaimed novelist, poet, and writer of non-fiction
  • Don Maynard, a Kingston-based painter, sculptor and installation artist 

Arts Champion Award

The Arts Champion Award (award and certificate) recognizes a living individual, organization or corporation making an extraordinary, leading contribution to the arts in Kingston as a volunteer, advocate, supporter, sponsor and/or philanthropist.

The 2019 recipient is:

  • Jan Allen, the Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Agnes) at Queen's University

Limestone Arts Legacy Award

The Limestone Arts Legacy Award (award and certificate) recognizes individuals from the past whose sustained and substantial contributions have built the artistic vitality of the city, nurturing and enabling forms of creation, participation, presentation and enjoyment, whose leadership has inspired others, and whose influence has been felt in the region and beyond.

The 2019 recipient is:

  • Joanne Page, a poet, visual artist and columnist

For more information about the Mayor's Arts Awards and view the profile videos of current and past recipients.