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Arts and Culture Awards

The Town of Orangeville created the Town's arts and culture awards to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations to the arts and culture in our community to celebrate the first Canada-wide Culture Days in September 2010.

Every year, the awards are presented on the last Thursday of September and act as the kick off of Culture Days weekend in Orangeville. Award nominees and recipients must be residents of Dufferin County.

Nominations are accepted for eight award categories:

  • Established Artist of the Year: honours an established artist in our community with an extensive body of work and/or who has achieved a wide degree of recognition. 
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: honours an emerging artist in our community who is in the early years of his/her career.  
  • Student Artist of the Year: honours a young emerging student artist in the community who is currently studying full time.  
  • Community Arts Volunteer Advocate: honours a person who has advocated for the arts and culture of our community through volunteer service.
  • Arts Educator of the Year: honours a teacher, instructor or arts specialist whose creative use of the arts enriches the learning experience of students (not restricted to schools). 
  • Community Impact by a Business: honours a business that fosters and supports arts and culture in our community.
  • Community Impact by an Organization: honours an organization that fosters and supports arts and culture in our community.
  • Creative Cultural Event: honours an exhibit, performance, festival, or other event that promoted and/or contributed to arts and culture in our community.

Past award recipients are listed below.

Arts & Culture Award

Established Artist

Emerging Artist

Student
Artist

Arts
Educator

Community Arts Volunteer Advocate

Community Impact by an Organization

Community Impact by a Business

Creative Cultural Event

2018
Recipients

Sharon Wadsworth-Smith

Andrew Maycock

Chanelle Nguyen-Duong

CJ Shelton

Jim Kurtz

Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle

Mark's Orangeville

Celebrate the Arts, Dufferin Arts Council

2017
Recipients

Leisa Way

Andrew Cleveland

Jessica Anderson

Heather Holmes

Harvey Kolodny

HatsOnDufferin

Orangeville Dairy Queen
Grill and Chill

Peter Pan, Theatre Orangeville Drama Young Company

2016
Recipients

Pat Burns-Wendland

Ricky Schaede

Megan Walmsley

Mary-Margaret Courtney

Anne Jordan

Monday Night
at the Movies

Meridian Credit Union

Orangeville & District Music Festival

2015
Recipients

Roslyn Levin

N/A

Colin Simmons

Pamela
Scott-Demetriou

Gord McWilliams

Theatre Orangeville

Lab Partners

Headwaters Tourism Parade of Horses

2014 Recipients

Ken Hall

N/A

Graham Maycock

Joy Bell

Gary Brown

Orangeville Music Theatre

TD Canada Trust
Three Orangeville Branches

Headwaters Arts Festival

2013
Recipients

Rosemarie Armstrong

N/A

Elisabeth DuBois

Laurie Moore

Wayne Baguley

Dufferin County Museum and Archives

Scotia Bank
Two Orangeville Branches

The Legacy Project

2012
Recipients

Jim Menken

N/A

Andrew Cleveland

Dana Harrold

Winston Uytenbogaart

Community Living Dufferin –
Click Connect Photography Group

In The Hills

Dufferin Festival
of the Arts

2011
Recipients

David Nairn

N/A

Debbie Ebanks Schlum

Ryan Grist

Marilyn Logan

Orangeville Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

Dragonfly Arts
on Broadway

Orangeville Art Group
Art Shows

2010 Recipients

Mark DuBois

N/A

T.J. Whitelaw

Joan Borden

Gary Vipond

Dufferin Arts Council

BookLore

Orangeville Blues
& Jazz Festival