January 24th, 2021

Rebranding Mayor’s Luncheon

By Submitted Article on August 14, 2020.

Submitted by the Allied Arts Council

The annual Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts, rebranded as The Art of Giving – The Mayor’s Celebration for Business and the Arts, will be broadcast live from Casa, celebrating and recognizing the important relationship between the municipal government, business and the arts community. The Art of Giving will be presented live on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. on Shaw Channel 9 and YouTube.

2020 marks the 15th year of the event. Following AHS COVID-19 restrictions and concern for the community’s health and safety, the Allied Arts Council moved the event online, with an arts showcase, while recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed to the vibrancy of the arts in our community through the presentation of awards.

In addition to the presentation of the annual awards, the hour-long arts showcase will feature performances by some of Lethbridge’s most well-known performing artists, including Gabriel Thane (singer/songwriter), Catherine McLaughlin (dancer), Claire Lint (dancer) and John Wort Hannam (singer/songwriter).

Make The Art of Giving a physically distanced watch-party. The Italian Table has curated an add-on package to order in advance and enjoy while watching the show. For $70 (plus GST), attendees can order a choice of appetizer, two desserts and a bottle of wine for two people. Additional details, including food selections, costs and order pickup, can be found online at bit.ly/The-Art-of-Giving.

Attendees can register for their viewing link by visiting bit.ly/The-Art-of-Giving. Don’t forget to add it to your calendar!

The 2020 award recipients include:

AAC Aspiring Artist Award: Janelle Wipf is a pianist and vocalist dedicated to becoming a well-rounded musician. She is self-motivated, engaged, creative, and a leader among her peers at CCH and the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music.

AAC Young Artist Award: Nole Richardson is a theatre designer and technician. Passionate about the Lethbridge theatre scene, Nole’s creativity and devotion to his art and theatre in Lethbridge make him deserving of the Allied Arts Council Young Artist Award.

Allied Arts Council Excellence (AACE) Awards:

AACE Individual Award: John and Lynn Gilliat, nominated by the Lethbridge Symphony, are being recognized for their contributions to the arts community through their significant volunteer work with the Lethbridge Symphony and the former Lethbridge Youth Strings Association. John and Lynn have performed with the Lethbridge Symphony for 40 years; John has served on the Lethbridge Symphony’s Artistic Committee and board of directors for several years; and through the Lethbridge Youth Strings Association, provided many young string players with the opportunity to learn and perform in string ensembles.

AACE Business Award: North & Company LLP, nominated by the Allied Arts Council and SAAG, is being recognized for its continuous sponsorship support of both organizations over the past 15 years.

AACE Service Organization Award: Helen Schuler Nature Centre, nominated by the Allied Arts Council, is being recognized for their efforts in engaging artists in their community exhibition space, providing opportunities for artists to install in the nature reserve, and worked with the Public Art Committee on both a significant installation and small project grants.

Joan Waterfield Memorial Award: Mary-Lynn Muhly is nominated by Lethbridge Musical Theatre. Mary-Lynn has been a pillar for Lethbridge’s theatre community, serving in various positions such as a props mistress, set dresser, assistant stage manager, stage crew, and recently, director. Mary-Lynn has also served many years on the boards for Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society, Playgoers of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Musical Theatre.

Mark your calendars for The Art of Giving on Sept. 10!

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