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Orillia's creative community will be honoured at virtual event

Deadline nearing to nominate people for Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards; Event will be broadcast live on Facebook this year

Help us recognize the region’s rich creativity, history and sense of community by nominating someone for one of this year’s Regional Arts and Heritage Awards!

Now, perhaps more than ever, we could use a reason to celebrate. It has been an extraordinary year for the creative community, to put it mildly.

Despite being forced to shutter doors for many months, install sneeze guards at welcome desks, or step out 10-foot circles to keep people physically distanced, members have shown resiliency and resourcefulness in their efforts to work and thrive in this new “normal."

Out-of-the-box thinking is something those in arts and heritage are good at – no – great at! For instance, many festivals have moved online…or to the Drive-in. Cultural spaces have reimagined their floorplans so they can safely bring visitors back.

Even Mississaga Street has been closed to vehicular traffic to allow for patios and artistic creation in a safe, socially distanced manner.

These successes, and the countless others from years gone by, are why the City of Orillia, Orillia and District Arts Council (ODAC), and the Orillia Museum of Arts and History (OMAH) felt it was important to push forward with this year’s Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards.

The Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards ceremony has been proudly supported over the past three years by Accutrac Capital Solutions.

While there will be no in-person presentation this year, the partners will feature nominees virtually leading up to Nov. 25, when award recipients will be announced through an online event starting at 7 p.m. on OMAH’s and ODAC’s Facebook pages.

In the days leading up to the event, nominees will have the spotlight to themselves, with posts focused on the work resulting in their nomination.

Award categories include:

  • Education in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Emerging Artist
  • Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication
  • Event in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Qennefer Browne Achievement Award

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to recognize the value and contribution of an artist or supporter of the arts in your life. The nomination process has been simplified and is completely online The nomination deadline is Oct. 2, 2020.

Unique to 2020, the partners have established the Pivot Award to recognize the work of an organization that has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to reimagine itself and its contributions to the quality of life of its residents in light of COVID-19.

Be sure to tune in Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. to ODAC or OMAH’s Facebook page to learn of the recipients of all six award categories.@orilliamuseum @orilliaartscouncil

Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. We are committed to recognizing the valuable contribution that artists, historians, educators, event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of these communities and their citizens.