WAC Arts Award Winners for 2010
From left to right, Upper Left (going clockwise): Mélanie Rocan, Yuri Klaz, Rick Frost for The Winnipeg Foundation & Ava Kobrinsky and Mitch Podolak; all with Mayor Sam Katz
On the Rise
Winner: Mélanie Rocan
Nominator: Winnipeg Art Gallery
About Mélanie Rocan
Mélanie Rocan has garnered significant national attention for her painting practice, which brings a personal perspective to difficult issues while exploring relationships between the physical and the spiritual.
Making a Mark
Winner: Yuri Klaz
Nominator: First Mennonite Church Choir, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and Winnipeg Singers
About Yuri Klaz
Yuri Klaz is the conductor of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Winnipeg Singers, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue and First Mennonite Church Choir. He has made a major contribution to these organizations, the Winnipeg choral community and Canadian choral music.
Making a Difference
Winner: Ava Kobrinsky and Mitch Podolak
Nominator: Vivian Gosselin, Ali Hancharyk, Josey Krahn and Tim Osmond
About Ava Kobrinsky and Mitch Podolak
This extraordinary couple’s contribution to the arts in Winnipeg started in 1974 with the creation of the Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival—and that was only the beginning!
Winner: The Winnipeg Foundation
Nominator: Winnipeg Folk Festival
About The Winnipeg Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation has been a true champion in our community, providing more than $200 million for hundreds of projects, helping organizations build sustainable endowment funds, and inspiring philanthropy and volunteerism in our community.