• Important Dates
    The Call for Nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence is now open. The deadline for Nominations is April 16, 2018. Award receipts will be announced at the 2018 Summit in Mississauga, ON, November 6-8, 2018.
    Please contact
    Diane Thorpe
    Awards Consultant

Public Art Award

Award Description:

The Award of Excellence – Public Art recognizes a Canadian municipality* that demonstrated visionary leadership by supporting an excellent program and process that led to a successful public art project or program.


This Award is open to a Canadian municipality* that unveiled a public art project within 24 months of the Awards Program submission deadline or has an ongoing public art program.

Award Criteria:
  1. Demonstrates excellence in the field of public art practice and arts administration.
  2. Exemplifies the power of public art to enhance connections between people, place and culture.
  3. Includes a public engagement component and the artwork - whether permanent or temporary - is accessible to the public.
  4. Demonstrates best practice to achieve the optimum fit among community aspirations, public benefit and artistic practice;
  5. Demonstrates, if applicable, a fair and equitable adjudication process;
  6. Facilitates community-building, cultural development, and community animation;
  7. Demonstrates, if applicable, best practice regarding: site selection, request for proposals, community engagement, installation, maintenance and strategic integration with local government services.

∗ Includes eligible organizations as outlined in General Eligibility for all Awards.

  • Municipal governments
  • Regional governments
  • Arts Councils
  • Band Councils


Step One - How It Works
This online process will allow you to submit your nomination online. It does not include a "save" function that would allow you to come back to your submission at a later date. Once you begin filling in the form you will need all your support materials and answers available in before closing the window.

Step Two - Review The Questions
Please review the questions and required supporting documents in advance. You can then prepare your submission in advance and submit online when you are ready.
Questions for Review Only PDF

Step Three - Complete and Submit Form
Click on the Form below. Complete the form, upload your support materials and click "Submit".

Public Art Award Nomination Form


Background Photo Credit:
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto, ON - Photo by Karen Mills