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The City of Hamilton Arts Awards is one of the oldest municipal-led arts awards programs in Canada. The Arts Awards celebrates Hamilton’s vibrant arts community and recognizes the many individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to arts and culture in our community.
2014 Nominations Now Open!
Nomination forms for the 2014 City of Hamilton Arts Awards are now available. Community members can nominate an artist in any of the following 11 categories. In each category, one Established and one Emerging artist will be awarded (with exception of Lifetime Achievement).
- Arts Administration
- Arts Education
- Community Arts
- Fine Craft
- Media Arts
- Visual Arts
- Lifetime Achievement
Mark your calendars! Nominations are due by Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Please read through the nomination form carefully for eligibility criteria and guidelines.
Established Artist and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, selected by a jury, will receive:
- Arts Awards bronze commemorative medal designed by artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt
- Civic and Media Recognition
Emerging Artist Award recipients, selected by the Established Artist winner in each category, will receive:
- Certificate of Recognition
- Civic and Media Recognition
What’s New in 2014
Based on feedback from program participants and the public, we have streamlined the nominations process for 2014! Returning nominators and nominees should take note of the following changes:
- Biography is no longer required; The Career of the nominee will be assessed using the Curriculum Vitae only
- Support Materials are no longer required; The Reception of the nominee will be assessed using Letters of Reference only
- Only two Letters of Reference are required, of which one may be written by the nominator
- Nomination of an Emerging Artist by the Established Artist nominee is mandatory; nominations that do not include an Emerging Artist nominee will be disqualified
- Emerging Artist nominees must provide a one-page Curriculum Vitae to support their nomination
Review more information about the nomination process
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Contact Jen Anisef at 905-546-2424 ext.7612 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have your questions answered. One-on-one meetings are available upon request. Jen will also attend your organization's meeting or event to provide Arts Awards information.
Additional Nomination Information
How do I nominate an artist for a City of Hamilton Arts Award?
From October 15, 2013 to February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm, community members can submit a nomination for any of the eleven award categories. Please note that artists cannot self-nominate or be nominated by immediate family members, City of Hamilton staff or elected officials, members of the Arts Advisory Commission or Arts Awards Steering Committee.
How are Emerging Artists nominated?
Established Artist nominees are required to identify an Emerging Artist whom they feel is an emerging talent in the community. If the Established Artist’s nomination is successful, his/her choice for the Emerging Artist will also be awarded. The goal of this process is to encourage the development of meaningful relationships between emerging and established artists in our community.
In addition to a short paragraph explaining why the Emerging Artist is worthy of recognition, the nomination must include a one-page curriculum vitae or resume. Please note that nomination packages that do not include an Emerging Artist nominee will be disqualified, a new development in the 2014 Arts Awards program.
Can I nominate an Emerging Artist only?
No, Emerging Artists can only be nominated by the Established Artist nominees.
My nomination was unsuccessful in a previous year. Can I be nominated again?
Yes, however nominations from previous years are not carried forward automatically. Nominations for past nominees may be resubmitted using the 2014 Nomination Form and following the current application process. It is strongly recommended that nomination packages are updated to reflect the artist’s current work and career development, though Letters of Reference may be resubmitted provided they are dated within two years of the nomination deadline.
Can successful Arts Awards recipients be nominated again?
Past City of Hamilton Arts Awards recipients cannot be nominated again the same category but may be nominated in a different category (i.e. Lifetime Achievement or a different discipline). Emerging Artist Award recipients may be nominated as an Established Artist in the same category (provided he/she fulfills all eligibility criteria).
How are Arts Awards recipients selected?
All Established Artist nominations will be evaluated by an independent jury comprised of discipline-specific artists and arts professionals. A member of the Arts Advisory Commission will audit each jury session to ensure a fair and transparent process (this is a non-voting position). All nominations are evaluated using the same scoring criteria and must achieve a minimum benchmark score to be considered for an Award. Please refer to pages 6 and 7 of the nomination form for more information.
When will the Arts Awards recipients be announced?
The recipients of the 2014 City of Hamilton Arts Awards will be announced at a public event in May 2014. A list of all nominees will be published on our website after all jury sessions are complete and prior to the event.