Ming Hon receives the On the Rise award, presented by Paula Havixbeck, acting deputy mayor. (CBC)
Now in its fifth year, the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts celebrates the arts, the artists and the partnerships that have made Winnipeg a centre for cultural achievement. On Thursday, the Winnipeg Arts Council handed out five awards during the lunch to recognize excellence and creativity in, and contribution to the arts: the arts champion award; the on the rise award; the making a mark award; the making a difference award; and the making a difference for outstanding volunteer award.
Great-West Life and Investors Group received the Arts Champion award. It honours an individual or business that has demonstrated sustained support to the arts in Winnipeg.
Min Hon was presented with the On the Rise award. It recognizes an individual for demonstrated promise of an emerging professional artist in any discipline. Hon is an emerging choreographer, dancer and performer.
5468796 Architecture received Making a Mark award, which applauds professional artists in mid-career, in any discipline, who is receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond. 5468796 Architecture is a collective which focuses on exploring artistic means to build a better community.
Zaz Bajon and Diane Whitehouse were recognized with the Making a Difference award that celebrates the contribution of an artist or arts administrator to the growth and development of the arts in Winnipeg. Bajon is the general manager of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Whitehouse is the found of MAWA, Mentoring Artists for Women's Arts.
Jean Giguère received the Making a Difference award for outstanding volunteer. The award recognizes the contribution of an outstanding volunteer in the arts sector. Giguère will receive $1,000 that she will designate to the arts organization of his or her choice.
The awards are juried by: Sigrid Dahle, Louise Duguay, Spencer Duncanson, Reid Harrison, and Natasha Torres-Garner.