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Nominations open for 2018 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards

Know a great local artist? Nominate them for an award
Mayor Brian Bigger invites you to nominate a deserving local artists for the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Awards. Nominations are now open. (File)

Greater Sudbury is chock-a-block with talented artists. They contribute not only to our northern culture, but also to our economy.

Besides supporting their work with your spending power, you can help artists continue to serve our community in another pretty easy way: Nominations are now open for the 2018 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards.

The three categories for artists are: Outstanding Emerging Artist, Outstanding Mid-Career Artist and Exceptional Achievement in the Arts.

Now in its fifth year, Sudbury Arts Council speahreads the event in collaboration with the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS).

Nomination information and forms, both in French and in English, are now available on the Sudbury Arts Council website. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, Jan, 31, 2018, at 5 p.m.

In addition to the honour of being recognized by their community and peers, artists are awarded generous bursaries to continue pursuing their creative projects. From a short-list of nine nominees selected by a non-partisan jury, three winners are named.

The Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist with a cash award goes to a professional artist with less than 10 years of professional artistic practice. This award acknowledges the excellence and creativity of her/his artworks or performances.

The Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist with a cash award  goes to a professional mid-career artist with approximately 10 – 25 years of experience for his or her sustained efforts to pursue a professional career in the arts and to produce new works, while contributing to the development and betterment of the arts in Greater Sudbury.

The Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts, which comes with a cash prize, goes to a professional artist for exceptional contributions to the arts during a career spanning more than 25 years. The award pays tribute to an extensive body of works in one or several disciplines, as well as through her/his contribution over time to the development and betterment of the arts community in Ontario and Canada.

Friends, family members and the artistic community are encouraged to nominate their favourite artist. As well, self-nominations are encouraged.

The Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Committee wishes to thank its generous supporters. 

For more information, visit the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Facebook page.

Awards are presented in June.