The City of Camrose Arts Council Mayor’s Arts Awards (MAA) is an annual program that acknowledges and celebrates artistic achievement and contributions to arts in the City of Camrose. This initiative will support the arts within our community and further respond to recommendations in the Camrose Arts and Culture Masterplan to foster and support emerging and established artists through programs of recognition. The Mayor’s Arts awards are intended to increase awareness of the artistic community in the City of Camrose. The Mayor’s Arts Awards event will showcase, acknowledge and honour artistic achievement in our community. Nominations for the 2024 Mayor's Arts Awards are now open!

Mayor's Arts Awards Categories

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Program recognizes two categories of contribution: 

Creator Award (1): cash prize and certificate of recognition
The Creator Award recognizes the achievements of an individual or group demonstrating, creating, practicing and/or performing art. The winner of this award will be decided by the Mayor's Arts Awards Committee.  Submit your application or nominate someone here. Submission deadline is June 30, 2024.

Arts Champion Award (1): non-cash award and certificate of recognition
The Arts Champion Award recognizes an individual, group or business that has made extraordinary contributions to the arts through one or more of the following:

  • The creation and fostering of artistic endeavors,
  • Outstanding contributions in the areas of: Volunteerism, Advocacy, Support, Development.

The winner of this award will be decided solely by the Mayor's Arts Awards Committee (no nominations or applications required). 

Mayor's Arts Awards Event

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Time: 5:00pm
Location: The Bailey Theatre

Mayor's Arts Awards Committee

The MAA Committee shall be comprised of seven members with a range of expertise and perspectives, who are respected, knowledgeable and representative of a spectrum of artistic practices including one member of the Camrose Arts Council Board and member of the City of Camrose, Recreation and Culture Department.

  • Co-Chairs: Charlene Brown and Steven Hansen
  • Secretary: Tanya Pattullo
  • Treasurer: Angela Vanouck
  • Members at Large:
    • Arlo Grundberg
    • Joel Morello

2023 Creator Award Winner

Through a partnership forged between the UofA Augustana Faculty and the Camrose Association for Community Living, SingAble was founded in the autumn of 2018 by director and professor of music, Dr. Ardelle Ries and Central Alberta community builder, Dan Jensen.

With the motto “We Love to Sing Because We Are Able” and a vision constructed on theoretical pillars of inclusion, musical and singing identity, enable-ism, community music, and humanist wellbeing, SingAble warmly welcomes all individuals at all ages and stages of life and regardless of socioeconomic status to optimize physical, intellectual, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual development through music. SingAble values process over product, exploring the immense power of multigenerational communal singing enriched by participatory performance practices.

As a recipient of the 2019 Alberta Council of Disability Services Innovation Award and recognized as community champions by the Alberta Music Advocacy Alliance in 2023, SingAble is deeply grateful for community acceptance, encouragement and support from the Battle River Community and Gord Bamford foundations.

2023 Creator Award Nominees

  • Bob Bailey
  • Breckyn Baumle
  • Jane Cherry
  • Stephen Cole
  • Darryl Dewalt
  • Travis Dolter
  • Hezron Dorival
  • Sharon Dorival
  • Donna Hanson
  • Alex McKeil
  • Tova Olson
  • Lisa Rootsaert
  • Colleen Salahub-Olsen
  • Shannon Subchuk
  • Sam Yanosik

2023 Champion Award Winner

Churchmice Players Society is a community organization dedicated to performing quality live theatre. Shows provide performers training and support in order that they become the best they can be as well as be part of an extraordinary theatrical experience.

In 1980, Churchmice Players was brought to life by a small group of residents with a passion for theatre and a quest to bring stage opportunities to Camrose. As their name suggests, early plays were rehearsed and performed in the Fellowship Baptist Church before it was moved to the Augustana Campus. As they grew and gained momentum they moved to community centres and the Norsemen Inn.

Today, with the availability of the Bailey Theatre and Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Churchmice Players performances, from musicals to comedies, are produced on a grand scale, delighting audiences from Camrose and beyond.

Churchmice Players has produced over 80 shows with over 900 participants over the years.

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