Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

PACE Withdraws from the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

STATEMENT TO PACE MEMBERS

 03 May 2018

This morning I communicated to the Mayor’s office that the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) is removing itself from further involvement with the annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts (MCA). This communication came after a vote last evening by the PACE executive planning committee to withdraw from the MCA. The committee also directed myself as PACE chair to initiate a comprehensive strategic review of PACE this spring and summer, one that would address the organization’s mandate in 2018 and beyond, the need for robust and engaged membership, financial sustainability, program development, and the feasibility and design of a new PACE Edmonton Arts Awards.

Here is the text of my communication with the Mayor’s office this morning:

“At the executive planning committee of PACE last evening, the EPC voted in favour of pulling PACE out of the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. This vote was consistent with the sentiment of most of those attending the PACE Special General Meeting the week previous.

The membership clearly expressed a view that PACE exists to serve as an advocate for professional artists and Arts organizations in Edmonton, with the emphasis on the Fine Arts. I have been instructed to conduct a comprehensive strategic review of the PACE organization and mandate this summer, including an aggressive membership drive and infrastructural re-building. The Fine Arts community is facing significant challenges on all fronts and this is a time when strong multi-disciplinary Arts advocacy is needed. Per the motion approved by the EPC last evening, part of this strategic review will include a serious study of a proposed Edmonton Arts Awards celebration and ceremony, with a focus on the Fine Arts. The membership and the executive expressed the view that it is vital to celebrate the Fine Arts in their own right and not in a diluted context with a broader sector of the community which we might loosely define as the “creative class.” We will actively seek to strengthen relations with that sector of the business community that supports and resonates with the Fine Arts, as active partners and sponsors of an Edmonton Arts Awards celebration.

Having said all of this, PACE is not opposed to the idea of collaboration with other related sectors in common cause. But the organization must maintain a clear mandate that is true to its own base, that of Fine Arts practitioners. And so, in that spirit, we respectfully withdraw from further administration and participation in the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. This week we will communicate these decisions to the corporate community with which we have partnered in the past, as well as to the community at large.”

I will shortly announce details of our process for a comprehensive strategic review and will look forward to you, as a PACE member, playing a significant role as we move forward.

Ken Davis

Chair, PACE

 

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2018 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Dear PACE Members and Edmonton Arts Community,

The annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts currently is under active review in a re-imagining of the event. As a result, this year’s MCA will definitely be delayed and will not be a Spring 2018 event. Please check back in on our website for updates as they develop.

Thank you for your patience.

2017/2018 Executive Planning Committee

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Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts 2017 Award Recipients and Nominees

PACE wishes to congratulate all of the

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts 2017

Award Recipients and Nominees

 

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

Steel Craft Door Products Ltd.

Bedouin Beats

PlanIt Sound Inc

*****

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support for the Arts

Landmark Homes

The Paint Spot

Sarmad Shawqi, ceramic art teacher, Iraqi Canadian Association

 

*****

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Jenna Marynowski, owner and writer, After the House Lights

Sventlana Kanyo, visual artist and managing director, Masters Arts Academy

Brent Oliver, director, BOP Management & Consulting; artistic director, UP+DT Festival

Zach Polis, content advisor and editor, Monetizing Your Creativity Podcast

*****

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Mariam Qureshi, curator, organizer and artist leader, Lotus Gallery

Arooka, Edmonton Multicultural Artist Group

*****

ATCO Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

Tamara Bliss

*****

Emerging Artist Award

Nasra Adem, Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Sister 2 Sister & Black Arts Matter

Kasie Campbell, visual artist

Stephanie Lilley, artistic director, Viva Dance

Marlaena Moore, singer songwriter

Kate Stashko, dancer and choreographer

Jeannie Vandekerkhove, dancer and choreographer

*****

Qualico Artistic Leadership Award

Dr. Allison Balcetis, musician, instructor of saxophone, University of Alberta

Jake Hastey, artistic director and chief executive officer, Toy Guns Dance Theatre

Svetlana Kanyo, visual artist and managing director, Masters Arts Academy

Julie Kiraly, director and chief executive officer, Hit That Jive Productions Ltd.

Paul Schieman, founder and artistic director, Alberta Baroque Ensemble

*****

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Lauralyn Chow, Paper Teeth

Katherine Koller, Art Lessons

Trent Portigal, A Floating Phrase

*****

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Ken Regan, chief executive officer (retired), CKUA Radio

Rayanne Doucet, executive director, Edmonton Poetry Festival

Carol Holmes, executive director, Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Kim Mattice Wanat, artistic and managing director, Opera Nuova

Murray Utas, artistic director, Fringe Theatre

*****

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

The Executive of Toy Guns Dance Theatre

CRIPSiE

Fresh Canvas Art Company

Jen Mesch, Artistic Director, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy

Obsessions Octet

Rellik

*****

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Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – Award Winners Announced!

Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 29th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
Recognizing a local business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in the greater Edmonton area in a creative and original manner.
Reza Mostashari, President and CEO, Langham Developments Ltd
Nominated by Art Gallery of Alberta

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
Recognizing a business that or an individual who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in Edmonton’s arts and culture industry through a specific arts organization, event, individual artist, or widespread investment in the arts.
Rajammal Ram, Founder and Director, Kalanilayam School of Dancing
Nominated by Indra Mathew

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
Recognizing an individual, arts organization, media organization or business that has promoted the arts in a distinctly creative or exceptional manner.
What It Is Podcast
Nominated by Seen and Heard in Edmonton

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award
Recognizing a mid-career individual or organization successful on a national or international level, that enlightens audiences and promotes Edmonton’s rich cultural, performance or visual arts scene in an extraordinary way.
Catalyst Theatre
Nominated by Janine Andrews

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Lyndal Osborne, Visual Artist; Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
Nominated by the Art Gallery of Alberta

CN Youth Award
Recognizing the importance of art and design to a youth’s education, and encouraging the development and education of young artists.
Olivia Rose, Musician
Nominated by Victoria School of the Arts

Qualico Artistic Leadership Award
Recognizing an individual who or an organization that has blazed trails and made great impact on their community. This award will acknowledge outstanding achievement as an artistic leader, and celebrate those who have led others toward excellence in a specific arts discipline.
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Artistic Director, Alberta Aboriginal Arts

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
Recognizing written work which deals with some aspect of the city of Edmonton: history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or is written by an Edmonton author.
Richard Van Camp, Night Moves (pub. Enfield & Wizenty)

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management
Recognizing individuals or organizations who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and vision in the management of a professional arts organization.
April Dean, Executive Director, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (SNAP)

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Recognizing an individual or organization that has displayed the courage to take artistic risks and embrace innovation in artistic expression, resulting in a unique and distinctive project.
Sebastian Barrera, Musician; Founder, Creart Edmonton
Nominated by Parkdale Cromdale Community League

Emerging Artist Award
Recognizing Edmonton’s valued, upcoming professionals – artists who, in the  early stages of their careers, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Edmonton region.
Ben Gorodetsky, Improviser, Actor, Playwright, Director, Associate Artistic Director, Rapid Fire Theatre
Nominated by Todd Houseman

Congratulations to the 2016 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts recipients and nominees. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry by bringing together artists, the business community, media and arts appreciators to honour the valuable contributions Edmonton artists and arts champions make to our city.

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Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – Award Nominees Announced!

Mayor Don Iveson and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) are pleased to announce the award nominees for the 28th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. Tickets for this event are now on sale!

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
Recognizing a local business that has invested in an arts organization, event, project or individual artist in the greater Edmonton area in a creative and original manner.
Happy Harbor Comics, nominated by Jeff Martin
Print Machine, nominated by Common Ground Arts Society

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
Recognizing a business or an individual that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to investing in Edmonton’s arts and culture industry through a specific arts organization, event, individual artist, or widespread investment in the arts.
ATB Financial, nominated by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Audreys Books, nominated by LitFest and the Alberta Book Fair Society
• Pardee Badyal, nominated by Marlaina Eldey

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts
Recognizing an individual, arts organization, media organization or business that has promoted the arts in a distinctly creative or exceptional manner.
Alexis Marie Chute, nominated by Wes Lafortune
What It Is Podcast, nominated by Maggie Baird

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award
Recognizing a mid-career individual or organization successful on a national or international level, that enlightens audiences and promotes Edmonton’s rich cultural, performance or visual arts scene in an extraordinary way.
Catalyst Theatre, nominated by Janine Andrews
Chris Craddock, nominated by Trevor Schmidt
Rapid Fire Theatre, nominated by the Rapid Fire Theatre Board of Directors
Tammy-Jo Mortensen, nominated by Jennifer Annesley

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Recognizing an individual who, over a minimum of 25 years, has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Edmonton.
• After careful deliberation, the awards jury for the ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement is honouring just one individual, a true Edmonton gem, a musical legend who has celebrated a wildly successful career here at home and around the world. We cannot wait to announce this extremely deserving artist at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts on Monday, April 20 at the Winspear Centre. Join us then to find out who will receive the 2015 ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement!

DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction
Recognizing the outstanding achievement of an artistic leader in a specific arts discipline, actively leading and working in the greater Edmonton arts and culture sector.
Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel
Byron Trevor Martin, nominated by Brianne Jang
John Hudson, nominated by Heidi Collins-McCann
• Steve Pirot, nominated by The Nextfest Arts Company
Gabriela Jessome, nominated by Sara Hernandez Madden and Trevor Madden

Mile Zero Dance Progressive Artist Award
Recognizing the achievements of Edmonton-based artists who actively work in the arts and engage with the community in challenging and exciting ways.
• Amy Shostak, nominated by Christopher Samuel
• Kelsie Acton, nominated by Brooke Leifso
Chaka Zinyemba, nominated by Tinashe Mtshiya
• Paul Freeman, nominated by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
• Jeannie Vandekerkhove, nominated by Daniela Masellis

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist
Recognizing Edmonton’s valued, upcoming professionals – artists who, in the early stages of their careers, demonstrate exceptional talent and accomplishments, as well as a unique artistic expression and commitment to the arts in the Edmonton region.
Giselle Denis, nominated by Glori Meldrum
Jake Hastey, nominated by Richelle Thoreson
KazMega, nominated by Roya Yazdanmehr
Ahmed Knowmadic, nominated by Muna Saleh
Nuela Charles, nominated by Andrew Miller
Cayley Thomas, nominated by the International Day of Personal with Disabilities Planning Committee for Edmonton

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize
Recognizing written work which deals with some aspect of the city of Edmonton: history, geography, current affairs, its arts or its people or is written by an Edmonton author.
• Rudy Wiebe, Come Back, Penguin Random House Canada
• Tim Bowling, Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief, Gaspereau Press
• Greg Bechtel, Boundary Problems, Freehand Books

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management
Recognizing individuals or organizations who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and vision in the management of a professional arts organization.
Daniel Cournoyer, nominated by the Film and Visual Arts Society of Alberta
Jesse Szymanski, nominated by Ron E. Scott
Jill Roszell, nominated by Rose Ginther
Karen Brown-Fournell, nominated by Christine DeWitt
Paul Matwychuk, nominated by NeWest Press

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award
Recognizing an individual or organization that has displayed the courage to take artistic risks and embrace innovation in artistic expression, resulting in a unique and distinctive project.
Amber Borotsik, nominated by Ben Sures
Ariane Mahryke Lemire, nominated by Chris Martin
Chaka Zinyemba, nominated by Nonsikelelo Mathe
The Cultural Association Folklorical Ballet Mexico Lindo of Alberta, nominated by Sara Hernandez Madden and Trevor Madden

Youth Artist Award
Recognizing the importance of art and design to a youth’s education, and encouraging the development and education of young artists.
Collective Conscience, nominated by Eagle Vision Music and Design Studio
• Keiran MacDonald, nominated by Victoria School of the Arts

Congratulations to the 2015 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts nominees. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts showcases Edmonton’s vibrant arts and culture industry by bringing together artists, the business community, media and arts appreciators to honour the valuable contributions Edmonton artists and arts champions make to our city.

Proceeds from this event support PACE’s advocacy efforts on behalf of professional artists in Edmonton, and will be shared with this year’s Charitable Partner, Theatre Network. We hope that you can join us!

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7pm

Winspear Centre of the Arts

Tickets now on sale!

 

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Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Donation Presentation

Coming up on Thursday, June 5, 7 p.m., at Edmonton City Hall:  A free concert compliments of the Music Enrichment Program (MEP) AND the donation to MEP by Mayor Iveson and PACE from the proceeds of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. We’d love to see you there!

MEDIA ADVISORY

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