WAC Arts Awards Winners for 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 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

Photo credit A Marie Photography

Niki Little / Wabiska Maengun

Niki Little / Wabiska Maengun is an emerging curator interested in resurgence practices of engagement, responsibility and relationship building for Indigenous communities that focus on cultural economies/consumption and creating space for Indigenous women. 

Nominated by Dave Barber.

Making a Mark

Freya Björg Olafson

Freya Björg Olafson is an innovator and experimental artist who has made a mark with her exhibition, performance and collaborative work both in Winnipeg and around the world.

Nominated by Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Making a Difference

Keith Oliver

As a respected artist + craftsperseon, tireless advocate, builder, networker + exceptionally generous volunteer + board member, Keith Oliver has poured his time, labour + love into the Winnipeg Arts Community for over 40 years.

Nominated by Manitoba Craft Council.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Photo by Mark Dela Cruz

Ellen Oberlander & Trish Smerchanski

Under the outstanding governance of Ellen Oberlander and Trish Smerchanski, the School of Contemporary Dancers attained national and international recognition as a leading centre for professional contemporary dance training in Canada.

Nominated by The School of Contemporary Dancers.

Arts Champion

Michael Nesbitt

Michael Nesbitt has a vision for Winnipeg that places this city securely on the national and international stage as a significant player in the music and fine arts scene.

Nominated by Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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