The Valley Arts Award stands in recognition of a person who has made a significant long-term contribution to the arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Specific criteria to consider in nominating someone include that the person is or has been a local resident, and he or she has worked in development and/or promotion of valley artists, arts events, or culture.

The Valley Arts Award was first presented in 2004 to Jack Sheriff, founder of Theatre Arts Festival International and the Kipawo Showboat Company. Other previous recipients of the Valley Arts Award include:

  • 2018 – Marlene Jackson
  • 2017 – Ken Shorley
  • 2016 – Keith Ross
  • 2015 – Hughie McDonell
  • 2014 – Darrin Harvey
  • 2013 – Barbara Hansen
  • 2012 – Brian Johnston
  • 2011 – Marilyn Manzer
  • 2010 – Chris O’Neill
  • 2009 – John Kavanagh
  • 2008 – Jim Morrow
  • 2007 – Jack MacDonald
  • 2006 – Chet Brown
  • 2005 – Lee Lewis
  • 2004 – Jack Sheriff

Nominations for 2019 can be submitted, in the form of a letter or e-mail, outlining particulars of the contribution the individual has made to the cultural life of the region to:

Wendy Elliott,  The Kings County Advertiser,  P.O. Box 430, Kentville, N.S., B4N 3X4; e-mail

Please provide two references, including both name and contact information. The Valley Arts Award is presented during the Deep Roots Music Festival (usually the last weekend in September) at the Closing Concert on Sunday afternoon.

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