2019 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts Nominee Finalists Announced

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts committee is pleased to announce the finalists in each category for the 2019 awards. The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts recognize and celebrate artists and arts supporters in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

For 2019, awards will be given for each of the following categories: Community Impact, Corporate Champion and Emerging Artist.


Community Impact recognizes outstanding Kamloops individuals and/or small businesses that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist. The finalists in this category are: Tyson Andrykew and Niki Remesz.


Corporate Champion recognizes outstanding Kamloops business leaders and/or medium to large businesses/corporations that have made a significant contribution supporting local arts and culture through donations (cash or in-kind), sponsorships and/or volunteer services in support of a local arts organization and/or Kamloops artist. The finalists in this category are: ideaLEVER and Kamloops This Week.


Emerging Artist recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist/musician/performer working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential. The finalists in this category are: Zach Abney, Robin Hodgson and JP Lancaster.


“Our heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees and the finalists in each of these award categories,” says Margaret Chrumka, co-chair of the Mayor’s Award for the Arts committee. “These nominees have contributed significantly to the vibrancy of the arts community in Kamloops and we are so grateful for their commitment to demonstrating that the arts are an important social and economic contributor.”


The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts will be presented at the 12th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on January 19, 2019 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre. Tickets can be purchased starting Friday November 15 from Kamloops Live! Box Office, 250-374-5483, or www.kamloopslive.ca. The event is presented by the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre.



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