Eighteen finalists have been announced for the seventh annual Richmond Arts Awards.
Out of 91 nominations, the finalists have been narrowed down to 18, with three finalists in each of the six categories. The finalists are either individuals or institutions with some rising stars in Richmond’s performing and visual arts scenes.
The annual Arts Awards recognize the achievements and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders.
The finalists are:
•Artistic Innovation: Glen Andersen, Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival, Marina Szijarto.
Arts Education: Miyouki Jego, Richmond Academy of Dance, Richmond Music School Society.
Business and the Arts: Michael Audain, Lansdowne Centre, Univar Canada.
Cultural Leadership: Bong Ja Ahn, Sara Holt, Stephanie Sy.
Volunteerism: Geok Bin Phua, Dan Propp, Marvin Skelton.
Youth Arts: Alexa Fraser, Angelica Poversky, Nancy Zhang.
This year’s selection panel included Jonathan Der, violinist and assistant conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra; Mila Kostic, visual artist and Richmond Art Gallery board member; Adrienne Moore, the 2009 winner for Arts Education and a visual artist; Andrew Wade, a playwright and Richmond Arts Coalition board member.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie will announce the winners at a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 12 at City Hall.
The awards program was developed in 2009 by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Arts Coalition.
Originally published in the Apr. 24, 2015 issue.