Orillia & District Arts Awards

The Orillia & District Arts Awards recognizes the valuable contribution of artists, art educators, and art supporters make to the vibrancy of our community and its citizens. Join us November 22, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Geneva Event Centre as we celebrate the best and brightest in the area.

Thank you to all those who took the time to nominate someone in one of the four awards categories below. This year’s final list of nominees are the following:

Education in the Arts
Daniel Bazinet
Laura Lee Matthie
Arts Achievement
Patricia Guinn
Paul Baxter
Underground Orillia
Community and the Arts
Zain Campbell
Patti Agapi
Emerging Artist
Christina Hartwick
Anitta Hamming
Underground Orillia
Lyric Dubee

The Educating in the Arts Award

Recognizes an arts educator, not necessarily a teacher by profession, who has worked on a consistent basis and in a variety of settings to promote artistic skills, knowledge, and creative expression to members of our communities.

The Arts Achievement Award

Recognizes the art and/or activity of an individual or group that has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the cultural life of our communities.

The Community Arts Award

Recognizes the highest level of inspiration and service of an individual, organization, or corporation to enriching the cultural fabric of our communities. Applicants may include arts patrons, volunteers, cultural organizations or corporate patrons.

Emerging Artist Award

Recognizes an individual in their community of any age who is actively working toward launching a career in the arts within their chosen genre.

The awards ceremony is held in partnership with the City of Orillia’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department together thanks to the generous financial support of Accutrac.


2017 Award Recipients

Left to Right: Coldwater Steampunk Society (Suzy Burtenshaw & Heather Keery), Community and the Arts; Tyler Knight, Arts Achievement. Photos: Deb Halbot

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