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Third annual Mayor's Arts Awards event set for Dec. 2

November 12, 2019 -

All are welcome to attend the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony and reception on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Hosted by Mayor Bryan Paterson, the ceremony will unveil the five recipients of the 2019 program and celebrate their contributions to the arts in Kingston. A post-reception event will follow at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall with a performance by local pianist, Ian Wong. 

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. By increasing the profile and appreciation of the arts, the awards enhance the cultural vitality and civic identity of Kingston. Through this program, the City affirms the value of the arts in City life, and nurtures and inspires sustained development of the cultural sector to the benefit of all its citizens.

"This program aims to build the profile of the arts community across the City and increase awareness of the arts among its citizens," says Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. "Each of the 2019 recipients has contributed to establishing Kingston as a place where creative life is valued and innovation is embraced and we're looking forward to celebrating their work and legacies."

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. 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.

This is a free event. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be open during the reception. ASL translation will be offered during the ceremony.

The 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards winners will also be formally recognized by city council at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Mayor's Arts Awards categories

Creator Award

The Creator Award 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.

Arts Champion Award

The Arts Champion Award 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.

Limestone Arts Legacy Award

The Limestone Arts Legacy Award 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.

Learn more about the Mayor's Arts Awards and view past recipients.