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Position Opening: Coordinator

Background: Now in its 29th year, Arts Awards Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing arts to the center of community life. It accomplishes that mission through initiatives that focus on recognizing excellence in the Waterloo Region arts sector, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations. Position Available: Arts Awards Waterloo Region seeks a dynamic, collaborative and experienced leader to serve as Coordinator to advance the mission of the organization. As Coordinator, the successful candidate will provide operational support to our Board of Directors and will be responsible for executing the agenda set forth by the Board in order to best serve our stakeholders. Responsibilities: The Coordinator serves

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Photo Gallery – 2015 Arts Awards Recipients

Arts Awards 2015 Recipients

Front row left to right: Steven Restagno, Leading Edge Award; Kate Carder-Thompson, Amy Hallman Snyder Textile, Fibre and Quilting Arts Award; Sohelia Esfahani, Machteld Faas Xander Visual Arts Award; Nada Humsi, Hemmerich Flanagan Performing Arts Award; Shirley Madill representing Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Open Award; Vienna D’Amato Hall, Long & McQuade Leading Edge Award; Kathryn Ladano, Cook Homes Music Award; Samantha Clark, representing FLASH Waterloo Region, Scotiabank New Festival or Event Award. Back row left to right: Matt Weidinger, Comcor Environmental Leading Edge Award; Rufus John, Wagner Livock Mentor Award; Heather Franklin, Special Jury Award; Janis Price, Special Jury Award; Alten Wilmot, Leading Edge Award; Mark Walton, representing FLASH Waterloo Region, Scotiabank New Festival or Event Award; Eldon Morris representing Mill-Race

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Photo Gallery – 2015 Arts Awards Reception & Performances

Craig Norris, EMCEE
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Artists of Waterloo Region – A Tribute to Alan Denney, Sculptor

Alan was a creative thinker who approached life, including his art, from his own unique perspective. His sharp, inquisitive mind is reflected in his work as he always sought to probe deeper into the issues that surrounded him and his environment. His passion and commitment to excellence in art and its recognition in his community is brought to form in “The Denney” award – the statue that is awarded to the Arts Awards Waterloo Region recipients.

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Trevor Wagler – Music Category Nominee

Trevor is co-owner and director of Renaissance School of the Arts and conducts the Waterloo Concert Band and K-W Symphony Youth Concert Band. As a composer and arranger, he has produced more than 950 scores for performers around the world and for local groups, including KW Glee. He also teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Hep Cat Hoppers – Performing Arts Category Nominee

The Hep Cat Hoppers is a group of Kitchener-Waterloo community members dedicated to bringing people together to share music and dance from the Golden Age of Swing. Members offer dance classes and host dance events, striving to create a safe and happy environment. The group’s vision is to create a sustainable swing-era community.

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Brooke Bauer – Leading Edge Category Nominee

Brooke first stepped onto the stage at the age of 5 and hasn’t looked back. She has been a youth performer with Drayton Entertainment for the last five years. Brooke loves the spotlight and she can also be seen singing at concerts, fundraisers, competitions, nursing homes, festivals and sporting events across the Region of Waterloo.

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Amy Roger – Visual Arts Category Nominee

Amy has a degree in fine arts from Syracuse University and completed a graduate program in museum studies. She has painted locally for 10 years. Her show Accidental Orbs was displayed at Kitchener City Hall in 2015 and she helped produced the 2015 exhibit, Fast Forward Waterloo Region. She has also curated art shows for local establishments.

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Cambridge Arts Festival – Festival or Event Category Nominee

Now in its 21st year, the Cambridge Arts Festival offers free, interactive family fun —including a Kids Zone, street market and music stage. New and established local artists, musicians and performers can present their talents at no charge. Art meets technology in the Maker Lab, which features everything from 3D printers to robot battles.

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Vienna D’Amato Hall – Leading Edge Category Nominee

Vienna, a singer-songwriter, organized and performed at four local charity events in 2015. She has sung at area festivals and at venues across Canada, the United States and Europe. At one event she collaborated with local painters to explore the creation process across mediums. Her album It’s What The Dog Saw was released in 2015.

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Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – Festival or Event Category Nominee

This one-day event got started in 2002 with only 200 attendees. Its popularity exploded when it moved to the new Cambridge City Hall. The festival is a showcase for juried works by local visual, literary and performance artists. In 2015 more than 5,000 visitors enjoyed the art and sampled tasty food prepared by local restaurants.

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Rufus John – Mentor Category Nominee

Rufus is a singer, entertainer and entrepreneur. He is also a child and youth worker and helps young people to focus on their strengths as a way to connect and engage. In 2015 he developed a Music Is My Weapon initiative to teach young people the basics of song writing, music arranging, audio engineering and performing.

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