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2020 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts Nomination Categories Announced

The time of year has come to think about those people and businesses who have contributed so significantly to the cultural vibrancy of this region. The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts committee is now accepting nominations for the annual arts awards that recognize and celebrate artists and arts supporters in Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

For 2020, the award categories are Emerging Artist, Corporate Champion and Enduring Supporter.

Emerging Artist: Recognizes an emerging Kamloops artist/musician/performer (age 18-35) working in the visual and/or performing arts for their current accomplishments and future potential. The recipient of the Emerging Artist award will also receive a $500.00 cash prize sponsored by the Kamloops Arts Council.

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.

Enduring Supporter: The Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony and Western Canada Theatre are now all mature, nationally recognized arts institutions. Each have dedicated 40+ years to sharing performances, exhibitions and associated programs with residents and visitors of Kamloops and the TNRD. This award recognizes the long-serving and foundational commitment of an outstanding individual through contributions of time and potentially support (cash or in-kind) that has contributed to the success of one or all of these arts organizations

Nomination forms can be found on the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts website at

Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 11, at 5:00 pm.

The Mayor’s Awards for the Arts will be presented at the 13th annual Mayor’s Gala for the Arts on January 18, 2020 in Colombo Lodge. The event is presented by the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Symphony, and Western Canada Theatre.

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