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Nominations open for arts awards

By: Anna Borowiecki

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 06:00 am

SEEKING NOMINEES – Nominations are open in eight categories for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards.
SEEKING NOMINEES – Nominations are open in eight categories for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards.
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Eight awards promoting artistic achievement. Candidates wanted.

Once again it is time to celebrate the excellence of St. Albert artists, and nomination forms for the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards are now available online.

The categories are the same as last year: emerging artist, excellence in arts teaching, youth artist, established artist, community arts group, arts leadership, corporate patron of the arts and lifetime achievement in the arts.

In an effort to streamline the process and level the playing for all nominees, the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala committee has loaded a simplified form onto the website, says cultural services director Kelly Jerrott.

In past years nominators were responsible for putting together a package of detailed artistic experience.

This year, the form allows nominators to fill out only basic information. Once a nomination form has been received, the committee will contact nominees asking for a more detailed package of information.

“It’s much more accessible to nominators and we’re hoping it will encourage people to nominate and look at the artists in our community,” says Jerrott. “We want more nominations. There is so much going on in our community to celebrate.”

The committee also noticed that in past years, depending on a nominator’s expertise, or lack of in creating a marketing package, an artist could stand out or be dropped to the bottom of the pile.

By having artist nominees submit the bulk of their resumé, the committee hopes to place everyone on the same footing.

“It allows a similar nomination for all the nominees. It allows all the nominees to submit their accomplishments and expertise and present them in each area.”

To be considered for an award, a nominee must have a “significant connection” to St. Albert. And for Jerrott that means living or working in the city.

An individual, organization, business, or family member can nominate the artist. Just as importantly, an artist can self-nominate, especially since all award recipients receive an original work of art and a $1,000 cash award. The exception is the corporate patron of the arts category who receives only an original work of art.

The nomination deadline is January 17, 2014. The Mayor’s Gala will be held on March 14 at the Arden Theatre.

A complete description of each award category is available at www.stalbert.ca/mayors-arts-gala.


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