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York Region Arts Council announces YR Arts Awards winners


York Region’s creative community came together this afternoon to celebrate the winners of the inaugural YR Arts Awards presented by the York Region Arts Council. The winner in each of the five categories, plus the Members’ Choice winner, will receive a prize of $1000.

“In the spirit of tomorrow’s “World Art Day”, the YR Art Arts Awards brought our community together to celebrate the impactful work that only artists can create,” said Monica del Rio Pain, awards organizer and program curator at the York Region Arts Council. “The 2022 YR Arts Awards winners reflect the exceptional and meaningful artistry of the region and the diverse expressions of our YRAC members.”

The winners of the inaugural YR Arts Awards are:

Community Engagement AwardShadowpath Theatre

Emergence Award Selina Yung

Innovator Award Aali Badihi

Resiliency Award Yafang Shi

Sustainability Award Alysha Rocca

Members Choice AwardAali Badihi “Throwing Stones to the Colour”

“This inaugural year came out of a challenging time for the arts and we are elated with the results that brought joy, inspiration and hope to the future of our artistic community,” said del Rio Pain. “We look forward to expanding the YR Arts Awards next year with a larger, in-person event. We congratulate all the finalists and winners who make York Region a thriving and artistic place to be!”

To see all of the winners and finalists, please click here.

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