WAC Arts Awards Winners for 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Winnipeg Arts Council Awards. This year’s nominees came from a wide range of disciplines and reflect the diverse nature of the Winnipeg Arts Scene.

RBC On the Rise

Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan is an Indigenous emerging writer and director from Couchiching First Nation, now based in Winnipeg. Her multidisciplinary avant-garde work deals with incendiary political topics in innovative, original ways.

Nominated by Anjali Sandhu.

Making a Mark

Debbie Patterson

Debbie Patterson is an actor, playwright, director and multidisciplinary artist with a 30-year career of excellence on Winnipeg stages. She has deepened her commitment to serving an audience by building community through art.

Nominated by Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Making a Difference

Grant Guy

Creating art in Winnipeg since 1973, Grant Guy has helmed arts productions of mythological proportions, and quietly but determinedly developed and promoted Winnipeg art and artists of varied disciplines.

Nominated by Carolyn Gray.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Dianne Harms

Dianne Harms was a founding - and visionary - member of ArtsJunktion. She has since served as a Board member, Treasurer and general volunteer for the past 10 years.

Nominated by ArtsJunktion.

Arts Champion

Drs. William Pope and Elizabeth Tippett-Pope

For over four decades, Bill Pope and Elizabeth Tippett-Pope have supported Manitoba Opera as board members, donors and subscribers. Their patronage extends to many other arts groups in the community.

Nominated by Manitoba Opera and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

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