And the nominees are…2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Award Nominees Revealed


October 14, 2020 (Orillia and area) – The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards.

The awards were established to recognize the valuable contribution that educators, historians, and event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of our communities. On November 25, 2020, at the second annual Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage (ORAH) Awards, the sector will come together virtually to celebrate its achievements and honour this year’s nominees.

And the nominees are…

Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an educator, not necessarily a teacher by profession, whose knowledge and teaching skills inspire others to pursue their interest in the arts and heritage. This year’s nominees are Stacey Schat and Doug Ironside; and the Otter Art Club run by Naomi Woodman and Travis Shilling.

Emerging Artist Award recognizes an individual of any age who is in the early years (under five years) of launching a career in the arts. Nominees can be pursuing any genre of art including, but not limited to, visual arts, performance arts, literary arts and many more. This year’s nominees are Norman Robert Catchpole, Chief Lady Bird, Marta Solek, and MaryJo Pollak.

Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication Award recognizes an individual or group who brought to life regional history through a physical restoration or creation of a permanent public record. This year’s nominees are Carolyn Leclair of Elite Printing; Sarah Pickard; Marcel Rousseau; Ron and Ann Harrison; and Dave Town.

Event in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an individual, organization, or corporation for their part in organizing a single or annual event that showcases the region’s creative talent or cultural heritage. This year’s nominees are Michael Martyn and The Essential Concert Series; Kevin Gangloff; and Dick Johnston and Take a Vet to Dinner.

Qennefer Browne Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of their community. It was named in honour of Qennefer Browne, who gave much of herself to support both arts and heritage organizations within the region. This year’s nominees are Ross “Rusty” Draper, Molly Farquharson, Roy Menagh, Phil Jackman, Gaia Orion, and Will McGarvey.

The ORAH Awards received a record number of nominees in this pandemic year, proof that our arts and heritage sector is near and dear to our hearts. This year’s recipients will be announced on November 25 at the Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards Night. Proudly supported by Accutrac Capital Solutions and the City of Orillia’s Community Services Department, the event will be filmed and shown on social media at 7 p.m. sharp. @orilliamuseum @orilliaartscouncil

Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. Be sure to join us on November 25 for a night of celebration.

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