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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).

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

The 2024 nominees are: 

  • Sharon Bajer
  • Duncan Cox
  • Ekene Emeka-Maduka
  • Brenda Gorlick
  • Zilla Jones
  • Kara Joseph
  • Jennine Krauchi
  • Darryl Nepinak
  • Ella Steele

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.