Richmond Arts Awards winners announced

RichCity Idol was among the winners at the sixth annual Richmond Arts Awards announced last night.

The annual talent contest that features a singing showdown between students from each of Richmond’s high schools won the Cultural Leadership Award.

Other recipients were:

•The Arts Connection won the Arts Education Award. Founded by Linda Shirley in 1990, it has grown from a home-based music studio to offer visual and performing arts instruction, Early Learning programs and a Before & After School program that serves four Richmond schools.

•Richmond in 3D won the Artistic Innovation Award. A project of the Richmond Multicultural Community Services, and part of the BC Government’s Welcoming and Inclusive Communities program, Richmond in 3D brings interactive theatre, music, movement, visual arts and more to engage and meet the needs of students, families and organizations and to nurture an environment for expression and collaborative problem-solving.

•Accent Inns received the Business and Arts Award.  Through general manager Chris Browne’s relationship with the Rotary Club of Richmond, he spearheaded a fundraiser at the theatre to benefit the Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts which helps keep the program accessible for families.

•Loraine Wellman received the Volunteerism Award. Wellman is an artist who has lent her time and talents to many local arts initiatives over the years, including the Artists Among Us program for the Richmond Art Gallery, Community Living Association’s 25th Anniversary mural, Doors Open, Steveston Grand Prix of Art and Fraser River Art Festival at London Heritage Farm.

•Andrew Cohen was recognized for the Youth Arts Award. The singer, dancer, actor and director holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC, where he delivered the Valedictory Address in 2011, an honour bestowed for his work as the creative force behind the viral YouTube sensation, UBC Lipdub, organizing more than 1000 students and a technical team of 60.

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