Call for Nominations: YR Arts Awards 2022


April 14, 2022
In Celebration of WORLD ART DAY

The York Region Arts Council “YR Arts Awards” are an annual celebration of the imagination in all its many forms. YR Art Awards are meant to showcase a true reflection of the creative community of York Region with works by YRAC Members voted by YRAC Members.


The nominee must be a current York Region Arts Council Member. Nominees are considered only in the Award Category for which they are nominated. Individuals and organizations may self-nominate for an Award.

Date of Project: The work submitted must have been created and/or presented in 2021 (January 1 – December 31, 2021.)

Nominate a fellow member or nominate yourself! There is no limit on the number of entries or the submission categories. A separate entry must be submitted for each nomination and category.


This year, YRAC invites the question “Y Art”? This question has guided our awards to create the following categories:

“Community Engagement Award” This award recognizes art as an active connector within the community. How did the work engage the community? What part of our community did it serve and how?

“Innovator Award” This award recognizes art as a way to introduce new ideas and perspectives. How was the project/work innovative? Did it introduce new ideas, methods, or perspectives?

“Resiliency Award” This award recognizes art as a tool to build, develop and fuel resilience. How did the work help with recovery; how did it help overcome adversity?

“Sustainability Award” This award recognizes art as a way to create sustainability. How did the work/project improve the quality of life, protect the ecosystem or preserve natural resources for future generations?

“Emergence Award” This award recognizes art as a catalyst to increase awareness and elevate the profile of a subject or person. How did the work/project propel the artist forward, taking the artist / work to a new level, introducing to new audiences or experiences. Are you an emerging artist or a seasoned artist who reached a new level of impact?

“Members’ Choice Award” The submission that receives the most votes overall as the favourite art submission.

To submit your work please make sure you are at the ‘Creator Member’ level. To vote for your choice please make sure you are at least ‘Friend Member’ level.


The YR Art Awards Evaluation Committee will select 5 finalists in each of the categories from all the submitted nominations.

The 5 FINALISTS in each category will be posted and open for Membership voting on March 10th. A winner will be chosen by the YRAC Members through an online – one-submission only voting system – with a WINNER in each category.

There will also be an overall “Members’ Choice Award” which will include the Finalist with the MOST overall votes across all 5 categories.


Winners will receive:
$1000 in cash and prizes Official YR ARTS AWARD WINNER CERTIFICATE **Recognition** on all YRAC and platforms. We will feature all the Winners and Finalists on YRAC website.


Checklist/Submission Details

Nominators are required to gather the required documentation and to submit the completed package through the submission portal HERE!

Nomination submission packages should include:

Completed Nomination Form – with signed nominator and nominee declarations
* A separate form must be completed for each category

Form will include:

  • Nominee/Nominator Contact Information
  • Nominee/Nominator – maximum length of one page, submitted as a PDF document, outlining:
  • How does the nominee’s work relate to the Category of the Award Nominee’s Artistic Statement
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee Head Shot (recent photo) (jpeg file) for promotional purposes
  • Nominees less than 18 years of age will be asked later to complete a Photographic Release Form
  • Samples of the work submission (jpg, pdf, mp3, youtube link accepted)

Application Deadline: March 13, 2022



February 4 – Online Award Nominations Open!
February 4 – March 13 – Award Nominations accepted through online submission portal
March 16 – 5 Finalists are selected in each Category by the YR Art Awards Evaluation Committee.
March 22 – April 8 – Membership voting opens for 5 FINALISTS in each category.
April 14 – YR Art Awards – Winners announced at the YR ART AWARDS (On ZOOM)

To get your membership, visit memberships

Questions about the YR Art Awards
*If you are experiencing any difficulties with the submission process, please contact:

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