2017 MAYOR’S CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
MAY 1st, 2017
EDMONTON CITY HALL
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.
- Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts
- Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts
- John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts Ambassador of the Arts Award
- ATCO Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Emerging Artist Award
- Emerging Artist Award
- Qualico Award for Artistic Leadership Award for Excellence in Arts Management Courage to Innovate Award
Read more at MAYOR’S CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation. The EATF invests in emerging and established Edmonton artists, allowing them a concentrated period of time to devote to their artistic work. The EATF is designed to invest in Edmonton’s creative community and to encourage artists to stay in our community. The funds are intended to offset living and working expenses, allowing the artist to devote a concentrated period of time to his/her artistic activities, career enhancement and/or development.
Recipients of the 2016 Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund:
Jessy Ardern is an actor, playwright, and youngest winner of the Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba play. Since moving to Edmonton, she graduated from 2016 BFA acting class at the University of Alberta, and has since shown her collaborative work with Arms Queer Theatre, the Found Festival, the Edmonton Fringe, and the Thousand Faces Festival of Mythic Art.
Jason Chinn is a playwright invested in bringing our local stories to the stage. Through the exploration of controversial topics and the secrets we carry, Chinn continues to push boundaries to find new ways to make theatre more relatable.
Chris Dodd is a performing artist and writer, and was the first Deaf theatre artist to graduate with a B.A. (Honours) in Drama from the University of Alberta. Through his plays, the creation of SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, and the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit, Dodd serves as a strong advocate for Deaf arts community.
Lauren Gillis, better known as Lucette, has been making waves in the folk and country music communities since her album debuted in 2015. She is a firm believer in creating community through art, and supporting other local musicians, helping to provide opportunities for further exposure to new audiences.
As a visual artist, Taryn Kneteman, is an avid supporter of Edmonton’s network of artist-run centres, and strives to help to foster critical dialogue between artists, institutions, and non-art community members. Her work explores transitory and temporary spaces, providing a fresh perspective on spaces that are typically overlooked.
Dwayne Martineau is a long-time member of the Edmonton Arts community as a musician, photographer, and visual artist. Within the community he has played a connective and developmental role, igniting multiple successful collaborations. His recent artistic work has placed emphasis on the issues facing the Aboriginal community of Edmonton.
Conni Massing has lived and worked in Alberta for the majority of her career as a playwright, screenwriter, author, dramaturge, story editor, and teacher. Massing is a well-established mentor in the community, having worked with the Edmonton Public Library, Workshop West Theatre, and Theatre Network, among many others. In 2005 she was honoured as one the 100 people who have influenced Alberta Theatre in the last one hundred years.
Tony Olivares is a riveting performer and a vibrant member of Edmonton’s dance community. As the founder non-profit dance company TONY OLIVARES DANCE, Olivares continues to foster the education and training of the next generation of dancers and visual artists.
Gerry Potter has worked in the Edmonton community as a writer, director, script consultant and producer of both theatre and film for more than 30 years. Among his many contributions to the artistic community, Potter has lent his talents to community-engaged theatre as the founder and Artistic Producer of Rising Sun Theatre, bringing together professional theatre, dance, and musicians with adults with developmental disabilities.
Recorded music credits:
Fonogeri – The City Rushes
Evgeny Tailor – Outro
Olivier Girardot – Sneak Peek
BAM! Black Arts Matter
Produced by WWPT and curated by Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate, Nasra Adem!
This multidisciplinary artist has performed at poetry and spoken word festivals across North America. The founder of Sister 2 Sister: Women of Colour Artistic Showcase, a monthly showcase of women artists of colour. She’s also Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate. Adem is excited to continue to use her artistic practice as a way of breaking barriers, reimagining realities and creating forward momentum within her communities.
BAM! (Black Arts Matter) is a new event featuring dozens of black artists in performance, workshops, dance, spoken word, and music!
Generously funded by the Edmonton Community Foundation