2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipients Announced

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Mayor Bryan PatersonFive citizens were presented with awards by Mayor Bryan Paterson yesterday evening at the second annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony in City Hall.

The individuals were recognized by the mayor (pictured) for their artistic achievements and extraordinary contributions in and to the arts and will be formally recognized at tonight’s City council meeting in Council Chambers.

“It’s a pleasure to recognize this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients and acknowledge the profound impact the arts have on our community” said Mayor Paterson in a release. “We have such a rich culture and a vibrant city thanks to the many gifted artists in Kingston. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!”

The City administers the Mayor’s Arts Awards program through the cultural services department and works with the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) to document and promote the work of award recipients.

A full list of this year’s award recipients is below. You can also visit the Mayor’s Arts Awards page for more information about the awards and video profiles of the five recipients, created by Make Hay Media.


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The 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients:

Creator Awards

The Creator Award (cash prize of $2,500, award and certificate) recognizes living artists, artistic collectives, or arts organizations. Three Creator Awards will be given each year to honour artistic merit and/or innovation that advances the arts in the city, contributes to the development of the art form and expresses the cultural vitality of Kingston. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Erin Ball
  • Onagottay Blanchard
  • Clarke Mackey

Arts Champion Award

The Arts Champion Award (award and certificate) recognizes a living individual, organization or corporation making an extraordinary, leading contribution to the arts in Kingston as a volunteer, advocate, supporter, sponsor and/or philanthropist. The 2018 recipient is:

  • Karen Peperkorn

Limestone Arts Legacy Award

The Limestone Arts Legacy Award (award and certificate) recognizes individuals from the past whose sustained and substantial contributions have built the artistic vitality of the city, nurturing and enabling forms of creation, participation, presentation and enjoyment, whose leadership has inspired others, and whose influence has been felt in the region and beyond. The 2018 recipient is:

  • Kim Renders

Photo: City of Kingston