Culture Days Awards 2014

Now in its third year, Culture Days launched an Awards program in 2013 to recognize and showcase outstanding initiatives taken to engage the public in arts and culture during the annual Culture Days event. The 2014 Culture Days award winners shared their stories at the National Congress on Culture In Edmonton, AB and were honoured at an awards dinner on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Chateau Lacombe. The awards dinner was hosted by Marci Ien, Co-Host of CTV’s Canada AM, and featured a celebratory evening of performances with some of Alberta's best talent.

2014 Award Winners

2014 Cities For People Award: Westbank First Nation (Westbank, British Columbia)

This award was accepted by Tracy Satin and Jordan Coble, representatives.

Through participation in Westside Culture Days, Westbank First Nation reclaimed its’ culture, heritage and identity as a vibrant First Nations community in the Central Okanagan region of British Columbia. Both First Nations and non-indigenous community members were welcomed to discover and participate in cultural activities at Sncəwips Heritage Museum, First Nation Art Gallery, local community organizations and businesses. With arts and culture as a bridge, the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation collaborated towards a successful Culture Days 2014. As a direct result of this groundbreaking initiative, the Suk’ʷtəmsqilxʷ West Kelowna Arts Council (SWAC) was officially launched in February 2015, with representatives from West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.

2014 Innovative Event Award: Swift Current Museum (Swift Current, Saskatchewan)

This award was accepted by Stephanie Kaduck, representative.

To mark their 2014 Centennial Year celebrations, the Swift Current Museum engaged the general public and four hundred Grade 3 and 4 students in the construction of a small scale model of a “soddie” – a type of home built by settlers on the prairies more than 100 years ago. Guided by museum staff who told stories about what Swift Current was like in 1914, event goers stacked rectangular patches of sod, creating walls made up of earth and grass. After three days, the miniature version of a pioneer home was built.

This tactile approach to learning local history gave Culture Days participants a unique opportunity to discover life in southwest Saskatchewan a century ago.

2014 Business Visionary Award: Milton Home Depot (Milton, Ontario)

This award was accepted by Pilar Andrulat, representative.

In 2013 and 2014 Home Depot provided in-kind materials to create two large-scale community art projects, which are now permanent fixtures at the Milton Centre for the Arts. By aiding in the selection of appropriate materials and absorbing the cost of these materials, Home Depot Milton gave Arts Milton the opportunity to dream up large participatory art projects in a public setting. Home Depot’s support helped establish public art projects as the cornerstone of Culture Days in Milton.

The partnership between a business and volunteer-run arts organization also contributed to the success of Milton’s Culture Days, on the Top 10 List of Regional Cities for two consecutive years.

2014 Marketing Award: City of Brampton (Ontario)

This award was accepted by Kelly Stahl, representative.

With a budget of approximately $15,000, the City of Brampton created an innovative and cohesive multi-platform campaign for their local Culture Days events. The diverse mix of advertising together with a comprehensive social media strategy and a few unique advertising ideas such as a poetry magnet using Culture Day-themed words, took Brampton’s marketing plan and Culture Days success to the next level.

In Brampton’s 2014 Culture Days, the number of presenting groups and business grew 150% and activities grew by 97% from 2013, with more than 6,000 participants during the Culture Days weekend. Brampton Culture Days was also the launch event for several creative economy spaces and businesses.

2014 Antoni Cimolino Leadership Award: Pam MacKenzie (Huntsville, Ontario)

Pam MacKenzie has done tremendous work fostering Culture Days in the District of Timiskaming, a large rural area in North-Eastern Ontario. Pam first volunteered as a community organizer in 2012 when she succeeded in lining up four Culture Days activities. By 2014 there were 64 activities, all thanks to Pam. During Culture Days 2014, Pam traveled to every event in Temiskaming Shores, Haileybury, Hilliardton, Hudson, Temagami and Cobalt (a distance of 88km) to check on their progress.

There seems to be no limit to Pam’s enthusiasm to build on her Culture Days successes in northern Ontario. Nearly single-handedly, Pam has mobilized the arts and culture community and is responsible for New Liskeard being the #1 town on the Culture Days Top 10 List of Rural Communities!"

2014 Awards Jury:

Crystal Kolt, O.M., Cultural Coordinator, Flin Flon Arts Council (Flin Flon, Manitoba)

Louise Sicuro, C.M., President and CEO, Culture pour tous (Montreal, QC)

Shawn Van Sluys, Executive Director, Musagetes (Guelph, ON)

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, Founder and CEO, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada (Moncton, NB)

Chris Lorway, Director of Programming & Marketing, Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall (Toronto, ON)

Categories and Nomination Guidelines


The ANTONI CIMOLINO LEADERSHIP AWARD honours an individual who has demonstrated exceptional support and leadership in promoting Culture Days.

Nominations of individuals for this distinguished award should consider the following assessment criteria:

The BUSINESS VISIONARY AWARD  honours a private sector business that has demonstrated exemplary active support of one or more Culture Days events at the local, regional or national levels.

Local businesses and large corporations alike support the arts and culture through sponsorships, donations, in-kind services, employee programs, communications, and investment in innovative activations. Nominations of businesses of all sizes will be considered for this distinguished award and should consider the following assessment criteria:

The MARKETING AWARD honours an individual, organization, group or municipality that has implemented an innovative and effective Marketing campaign for one or more Culture Days events.

Nominations of any individual, group, organization or municipality for this distinguished award should consider the following assessment criteria:

The INNOVATIVE EVENT AWARD honours an individual, organization, group or municipality that demonstrated an innovative approach to engage public participation in their work or practice during their Culture Days activity(ies).

Nominations for any Culture Days Activity Organizer (individual, organization, group or municipality) for this distinguished award should consider the following assessment criteria:

The CITIES FOR PEOPLE AWARD honours an individual artist or cultural practitioner, collective of artists or cultural practitioners, or an arts or cultural organization/group that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in implementing a collaborative arts or cultural activity/project during Culture Days 2014 that aims to transform the livability of their neighborhood, community or city for their fellow citizens.

Nominations for this distinguished award should consider the following assessment criteria:

The Cities For People Award is made possible through the generous support of: