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The Town of Orangeville has received 31 nominations for the 2020 Arts and Culture Awards.  An impressive selection of individuals, businesses and organizations have been acknowledged for their contributions to arts and culture in Dufferin County. 

“On behalf of the Town of Orangeville, I would like to congratulate all nominees,” said Councillor Lisa Post, Chair of the Cultural Plan Task Force. “Because of your time, effort and talent, our community’s creative sector continues to thrive. Celebrating and supporting the arts is even more important this year and we are delighted that so many nominees have been recognized.”  

The nominees for the 2020 awards are:

Established Artist of the Year:

  • Darlene Hassall
  • Ryan Hancock
  • Elizabeth Bryan
  • Sohayla Smith
  • Ricky Schaede
  • Ann Randeraad


Emerging Artist of the Year:

  • Adam DeWitte
  • Cara Faye Ware
  • Janice Quirt


Student Artist of the Year:

  • Nadia Woodside
  • Maggie Brash
  • Willow Nowell-Andrews
  • Ela Unger
  • Hannah Park


Arts Educator of the Year:

  • Harry Posner
  • Lisa Lahue
  • Ricky Schaede


Community Arts Volunteer Advocate:

  • Heather Holmes
  • Dick Byford
  • Wayne Townsend


Community Impact by a Business:

  • Finishing Touches by Samantha Edmunds
  • Artsploration
  • The Art of Storytelling
  • JT Home Tours

Community Impact by an Organization:

  • Orangeville Art Group
  • Optimist Club of Orangeville


Creative Cultural Event:

  • Beautiful Wild Art Exhibit
  • Celebrate Your Awesome
  • Dufferin Farm Tour
  • Shelburne Multicultural Day
  • Theatre Orangeville’s “The Show Must Go On…Line” emails

More information about the contributions of each nominee can be found online at Nominee profiles will also be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram leading up to the awards presentation on Thursday, October 22.

The awards will be presented virtually this year. The community is invited to celebrate with the nominees and winners online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. The event can be viewed online on the Town of Orangeville’s YouTube channel at