Inaugural Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards presented at June 9 event

Inaugural Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards presented at June 9 event

Nomination deadline is May 12 for awards in four categories

SURREY — The nomination deadline is next Friday (May 12) for the inaugural Surrey Mayor’s Arts Awards, presented by Surrey Board of Trade as part of its cultural industry strategy.

The four categories are Philanthropy Award, Cultural Ambassador, Legacy Award and Arts & Innovation Award.

The awards will be presented on the morning of Friday, June 9 during a Surrey Hot Topic Series event titled, “Is the Creative Economy Hitting the Right Notes?”

The Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards recognize individuals and businesses “committed to enriching Surrey through the arts, thus enhancing Surrey’s livability,” according to a post at

Nomination forms, along with more detailed information, are posted at, or contact Melissa Peel via email, or call 604-634-0347.

Here are the award category descriptions:

Philanthropy Award

Awarded to an individual or business that has generously contributed to arts and culture through grants, donations or other investments.

Cultural Ambassador

Awarded to an individual or business that has significantly contributed to Surrey’s arts and cultural community and raised the visibility of Surrey’s creative industry. May include exemplary work across disciplines (as an artist or administrator) as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture.

Legacy Award

Awarded for a rich and enlightening career in the arts. This individual or business may be celebrating a milestone anniversary or capping off a long career in the creative economy industry. Ultimately Surrey is more vibrant for their long-standing

Arts & Innovation Award

Awarded for originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness within the creative sector (music, dance, visual art, literature). Open to individuals and businesses.