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WAC Awards

2023 WAC Award winners Rosanna Deerchild, Shawna Dempsey, Lorri Millan, Mayor Scott Gillingham, Emily Solstice Tait, and Alan Greyeyes, accepted by his partner Destiny Seymour (pictured here).

The Winnipeg Arts Council Awards celebrate the artists, arts administrators, and patrons whose dedication makes Winnipeg a centre for cultural achievement.

The 17th Awards celebration will be held as part of the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on Thursday June 13th 2024 at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

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. Winnipeg artists and arts organizations can nominate individuals for the three awards which honour different members of the arts community, including emerging artists, established artists and arts administrators.

Candidates will be considered by a jury composed of members of the city’s diverse arts and business communities, who will be announced at the Luncheon in June. Complete details for each award can be found below.

The deadline for Nominations is Friday, April 26, 2024.

Any questions about the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards should be directed to Dominic Lloyd, Program & Arts Development Manager, at 204-943-7668 or [email protected].

RBC On the Rise Award

This 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 On The Rise Award recipient will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Making a Mark Award

This 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 $5,000 cash prize.

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 $5,000 cash prize.