Call for Nominations: City of Hamilton 2021 Arts Awards


A Renewed Arts Awards program for 2021

Citizens are encouraged to nominate their favourite artists, arts community leaders or supporters for the 2021 Arts Awards program. Each year the City celebrates the outstanding achievements of its local artists with cash awards and civic recognition.

Based on feedback from the community, a new program is being piloted that makes it much easier to nominate! New, more flexible award categories reflect Hamilton’s evolving arts community and provide opportunities to recognize volunteers for their invaluable contributions.

Nominations are welcomed from communities across Hamilton in the following 3 award categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Creator Awards (all artistic disciplines – now includes bands & collectives and emerging artists)
  • Arts Champion Awards (arts sector volunteers and community builders)

To access and submit the online nomination form, learn about eligibility criteria, submission requirements and how nominations are scored, please visit:

Submission deadline for all categories:
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Why Nominate Someone for an Arts Award?

Shortlisted nominees in all categories receive:

  • Promotion through social and print media
  • Opportunity to celebrate their nomination through personal and professional networks
  • Civic recognition

If selected in their category through a peer adjudication process: Creator and Lifetime Achievement recipients are awarded a bronze medallion and $2,500 cash. Arts Champions receive an artist-designed recognition piece.

Founded in 1976, the City of Hamilton Arts Awards is one of the oldest municipal-led arts awards programs in Canada. Recognizing the vital contribution that artists make to Hamilton, the Arts Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individual artists, educators, arts managers and volunteers who engage and participate in the arts.

Questions? Contact:
Jen Anisef, Cultural Projects Specialist
Tourism and Culture Division, City of Hamilton
905-546-2424 x7612 |