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The City of Hamilton Arts Awards is one of the oldest programs of its kind in Canada and has been at the forefront of recognizing creative talent since 1976. The purpose of the program is to celebrate and build awareness of the incredible contribution that artists make to Hamilton, Ontario, to foster growth in the arts sector, and to develop the talent that drives this vital part of our city. Each year, citizens nominate artists for consideration by independent juries who choose 20 notable artists to honour for their excellence in 11 arts disciplines. An Arts Awards celebration event is held each June at which time nominees are recognized and award winners presented with cash prizes signature bronze medallions crafted by Canadian sculptor Dora de Pédery-Hunt. Visit, the official site for the Arts Awards, for all the latest updates about nominations and the awards event. 


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