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News Release

Call for nominations for the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards

WHITBY, ON October 09, 2014

Nominations are now open for the fifth annual Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA). Durham Region residents have the opportunity to recognize the importance of arts and culture in the community, and are encouraged to nominate creative leaders who are making a difference with their innovative work.  

“DATCA recognizes those who breathe creative life into our community and celebrates the many successes in our local economy,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “It is important to recognize these individuals and organizations, and celebrate creativity, innovation and collaboration in Durham Region.”

Presented by The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department’s Economic Development and Tourism Division, in partnership with Spark Centre, DATCA will take place on Nov. 27 at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby. Durham Tourism will be making a special announcement during this year’s event, about the Durham Festival—a celebration of creativity and culture in Durham Region—which will run from Aug. 13 to 16, 2015.

DATCA is the follow-up initiative to the Art of Transition symposium held on Nov. 12, 2009, which has inspired public engagement throughout the community.

“The Art of Transition is a forum for creative minds,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager. “Innovative thinkers from every facet are invited to connect and brainstorm new ideas, foster partnerships and welcome new opportunities for enriching Durham Region’s vibrant and creative economy.”

Awards will be presented in 11 categories this year. Each will recognize artists’ work as it benefits the Durham economy and promotes tourism, while inspiring and educating the community. The categories are:         


1. Theatre

Presented for outstanding acting, directing, playwriting, or technical production (i.e. lighting, sound, costume design, etc.) in a theatrical production.

2. Media Arts

Presented for best expression of a creative work including video, audio/sound art, graphic design, animation, digital art, web-based art, media art installation, new media, or any fusion. The nominee must be the driving creative force of the project and must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work.

3. Culinary/Artisanal

Presented for outstanding contribution to our local culinary economy through food, beverage, craft beer, wine, catering, restaurant, bakery, pastry, or decorative culinary work.

4. Music

Presented for musical entertainment, live musical performance, composition, songwriting or technical production in any musical genre.

5. Literary

Presented for exceptional work in writing poetry, short stories, written journalism, fiction, non-fiction, blogging or publishing.

6. Philanthropy

Presented to an organization or individual who demonstrates exceptional generosity or leadership in support of the arts in Durham Region (including, but not limited to monetary funding, gifts in kind, volunteer contributions and fundraising).

7. Visual Arts

Presented for painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography or installation art created for exhibition and display.

8. Festivals and Events

Presented for outstanding production of a creative event that has a positive cultural and economic impact in Durham Region, and adds to the quality of life for local residents, drives tourism, and showcases a positive community brand.

9. Cultural Champion in Business

Presented to a business that champions art and culture through employee engagement programs, display and promotion of local artists and artwork, or other creative partnerships that enhance our local creative economy.

10. Lifetime Achievement

Presented to an individual or organization that has shown volunteer work, outstanding artistic excellence or commitment to public awareness of art and culture during the span of their career.

11. Lifetime Innovator

Presented in partnership with Spark Centre. This award is given to a respected leader in the world of technology and innovation in Durham Region. This individual has shown success in business, has given significant contributions and has inspired innovation in their community.


An independent judging panel of community leaders will review the nominations and select the award recipients based on the impact of the individuals' contribution, as well as factors such as uniqueness, effectiveness, influence and sustainability.

Nominations are open until 11:59 a.m. on Oct. 31.  To submit a nomination, visit the Creative Awards section at

For information on the awards program, eligibility criteria, nominations and the judging process, visit In addition, connect with us at or on Twitter at @artoftransition; or contact Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017.

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