We’re very excited to announce the 2017 Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts nominees. Congratulations. Thank you to our award sponsors who make it all possible,  The Office of the Mayor, ATB Financial, ATCO, Qualico,  Syncrude, and Telus.

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

Bedouin Beats

PlanIt Sound Inc

Steel Craft Door Products Ltd.

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

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

Jenna Marynowski, owner and writer, After the House Lights

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

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

ATB Financial Ambassador of the Arts Award

Arooka, Edmonton Multicultural Artist Group

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

ATCO Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts.

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

Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management

Rayanne Doucet, executive director, Edmonton Poetry Festival

Carol Holmes, executive director, Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Kim Mattice Wanat, artistic and managing director, Opera Nuova

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

Murray Utas, artistic director, Fringe Theatre

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award


The Executive of Toy Guns Dance Theatre

Fresh Canvas Art Company

Jen Mesch, Artistic Director, Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy

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