Nominate someone for a Winnipeg Arts Council Award

2020 will mark the 14th annual Winnipeg Arts Council Awards celebrating the artists, arts administrators, and patrons whose dedication makes Winnipeg a centre for cultural achievement. Traditionally the awards are presented each summer at the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts.

The 2020 Luncheon has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 and the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards have been tentatively moved to the fall.

Hopefully by that time we will be able to come together and celebrate the artists and arts organizations that are now through any means possible, making a difficult time endurable. A date in early October is likely and we will keep you posted.

In the meantime, we continue to welcome nominations in each of the five Awards categories. The nomination deadline has been removed, meaning that submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis until dates have been confirmed.

Nominations are proposed by Winnipeg’s artists and arts organizations based on the criteria for each award. Three awards honour different members of the arts community, including emerging and established artists and arts administrators. In addition, two awards are presented to donors and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the arts in Winnipeg.

Candidates proposed by eligible nominators will be considered by a jury composed of members of the city’s diverse arts and business communities. The jury determines the final shortlist to be announced as the 2020 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards nominees, as well as the winner in each category. Complete requirements for each award can be found below.

Any questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards should be directed to Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, dom@winnipegarts.ca.

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.

Download the full criteria and nomination form

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.

Download the full criteria and nomination form

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.

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

For more Information

Click here to see a list of previous winners.

Click here to read more about the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts.