As part of celebrations in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, has launched the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards.

The Awards

These one-time awards will recognize individuals, groups, and organizations throughout British Columbia who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, community engagement, and commitment through fostering and mentoring others in the fields of Visual Arts, Music or Performance. The Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards will celebrate artists whose work promotes social equity, equality, inclusion, and enhances the well-being of communities of all sizes and citizens of all ages.

Twenty individual awards valued up to $5000 each will be awarded and 4 – 5 organizational awards will be awarded with a value of up to $15,000, dependent on the nominations received.

Individual artists or organizations will be selected with consideration to the following criteria:

Organizations:

Mission and Mandate: Reflects the role the organization plays to promote excellence in its community.
Engagement: The organization engages with a diverse audience through teaching, entertainment, exhibitions, performance, or other related activities.
Inclusiveness: The organization inspires accessibility and inclusiveness through inclusive participation and/or opportunities that inspire wellness in a community.
Commitment: The organization demonstrates exceptional commitment to visual arts, performance or music.

Individuals:

Engagement: The artist engages with a diverse audience through teaching, mentoring, entertainment, exhibitions, performance, or other related activities.
Inclusiveness: The artist promotes accessibility and inclusiveness through inclusive participation and/or opportunities that inspire wellness in a community.
Commitment: The artist demonstrates exceptional commitment to their craft, and inspires others in visual arts, performance or music.

Only one nomination is required per individual or organization. Quantity of nominations received is not criteria for these awards. 

Nominations close on May 13, 2022, at midnight. Please contact allison.farrell@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions or would like to request a promotional package.

Award and Selection Committee

Each successful nominee will receive a framed certificate of acknowledgement and a monetary gift recognizing their achievement.

The selection committee includes representation from visual arts and music, BC Community Foundations, and representatives of the Platinum Jubilee Awards Committee and Government House Foundation.

Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards Jury:

  • George Harris, Curator and Artistic Director, Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George
  • Geraldine Hinton, Government House Foundation, Board of Trustees Representative
  • Howard Jang, Executive and Artistic Director, ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island
  • Gary Karr, Honorary Governor, Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria
  • Jacques Lemay, Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria, Performing Arts, and Co-Founder, Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria
  • Carleen Thomas, Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver
  • Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Musician, Author, and Artist, Raven Calling Productions, based in Haida Gwaii

Nominations for the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Awards are now closed.