I've still got it. I'm still around.
—Doreen Brownstone, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts winner
The glitterati of Winnipeg's arts community gathered at the Fort Garry Hotel for the seventh annual Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts on June 6.
Deco Dawson took the Making a Mark award (WAC)
Visual artists Shawna Dempsey, Simon Hughes, Divya Mehra
, Jordan Van Sewell, and Takashi Iwasaki mingled alongside musicians Fred Penner and JP Hoe
, filmmaker Noam Gonick, WSO music director Alexander Mickelthwate, as well as arts organizations and patrons who gathered for the event hosted by the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Mayor Sam Katz and several city councillors were also on hand for the celebrations.
Katz spoke about the important role the arts community plays in the city's identity. "Winnipeg artists have a long tradition of challenging the way we see and the way we see ourselves," he said.
Katz also assured the crowd that he sees true value in what a vibrant arts scene brings to the city, citing its effect on both Winnipeg's culture and its economy.
CBC Radio's Bill Richardson hosted the event, handing Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award winner Doreen Brownstone
her prize. Brownstone was quick to acknowledge Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's Steven Schipper for nominating her.
Over the years, Schipper has given the nonagenarian several roles on the MTC stage. But that didn't stop Brownstone from thanking him and then taking a good natured shot. "[Thank him for] the roles Steven gave me...but not lately. I've still got it. I'm still around," she said. Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award
Doreen Brownstone - actorRBC On the Rise AwardCurtis Nowosad
- jazz drummerMaking a Mark AwardDeco Dawson
Investors Group Making a Difference Award
Odette Heyn & Faye Thompson - School of Contemporary Dancers
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Outstanding Volunteer Award
Alison Norberg - Manitoba Craft Council boardArts Champion Award
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