The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards have been presented every summer since 2007, celebrating the artists,  as well as arts administrators, volunteers and patrons, who contribute so much to our community. June 2020 would have marked the 14th annual awards celebration but like so many other events, it was cancelled due to Covid-19. 

Planning is currently underway for a renewed WAC Awards process in 2021.

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Awards to Artists and Arts Administrators

Three awards recognize excellence and creativity in the arts: the RBC On The Rise Award, the Making a Mark Award and the Making a Difference Award.

The RBC On The Rise Award recognizes the demonstrated promise of an emerging, professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline. This award is intended to help with the artist’s professional development. The jury may consider individuals of any age who have recently embarked on an artistic career. The RBC On The Rise Award recipient will receive a cash prize.

The Making a Mark Award applauds an established professional Winnipeg artist in any discipline, who is receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond. The Making A Mark Award recipient will receive a cash prize generously supported by Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.

The Making a Difference Award celebrates the contribution of a Winnipeg artist or arts professional to the growth and development of the arts in any discipline in Winnipeg. This award will likely go to someone well-established in their field. The Making A Difference Award recipient will receive a cash prize.

Awards to Arts Patrons

Two awards are presented to recipients from outside the arts community but whose ongoing support to the community is vital to the success of the arts in Winnipeg.

The Arts Champion Award honours an individual, a business or a non-arts organization that has demonstrated sustained support to the arts in Winnipeg. The award is a unique work of art.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award honours an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism within the Winnipeg arts community. The award is a unique work of art as well as a cash donation on behalf of the winner to the Winnipeg arts organization of his or her choice.

More information

If you have questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards, please contact Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, at 204-943-7668 or