Nominations sought for cultural awards

Nanaimo residents have the opportunity to reward local artists for their work to make the city a vibrant cultural scene.

Nanaimo residents have the opportunity to reward local artists for their work to make the city a vibrant cultural scene.

The City of Nanaimo’s cultural committee seeks nominations of groups or individuals for the annual Excellence in Culture and Honour in Culture awards.

The Excellence in Culture Award is presented annually to an organization or individual that has achieved regional or national recognition in the field of arts and culture.

Previous recipients of the award include music teacher Brian Stovel, the Nanaimo Concert Band and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall.

The Honour in Culture Award is presented to an individual, group or corporation that is known for dedication and support of the development of the cultural fabric of Nanaimo.

Previous recipients include arts administrator and volunteer Joyce Horner, theatre supporter Gordon Kirby, literary arts supporter Thora Howell and retired Port Theatre manager Sandra Thomson.

Nominations for the awards will be reviewed by the cultural committee with recommendations made to the parks, recreation and culture commission for endorsement. The awards will be presented at the Port Theatre by city council in the form of a framed photograph by Gary Peters of the recipient, which will be displayed in the Margaret Strongitharm Gallery at the Port Theatre.

Nomination forms may be picked up at Bowen Park or Beban Park Recreation Centres or downloaded from www.nanaimo.ca.

Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15. For more information, please contact Bob Kuhn, manager of recreation and culture services at 250-755-7512.