Since its foundation, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society has dedicated its efforts and advocacy to contribute to the inclusion, collaboration, and social integration of Asian Canadian communities through its explorASIAN festival and programming. VAHMS is aware of the important role that many individuals and organizations have played in the achievement of integrating Pan-Asian communities in our multicultural society.
Pan Asian Recognition AwardsIn 2019, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society’s Annual Recognition Awards will honour three individuals, community organizations, or educational institutions that represent the diverse Pan-Asian communities and contribute to the promotion and knowledge of Pan-Asian heritage, arts, and culture in Vancouver and beyond.
Purpose of the Awards:The Annual Recognition Awards recognize and thank those individuals or organizations that significantly promote cross-culture exchange, contribute to the broader exposure of Asian-Canadian arts and culture in our community, and highlight those Pan-Asian communities that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Award Selection Criteria:Honorees for the Pan Asian Recognition Awards will be selected for:
• Leadership or support for Pan Asian arts, education, or culture;• Significant contribution to provide social integration of Asian-Canadian communities through cross-cultural, or multicultural exchange; • Achievement or contributions to promote Pan-Asian cultural heritage; • Enhancement of multicultural identity, education, or experience through cultural or artistic expression.• Collaboration with individuals or institutions promoting the advancement of inclusive learning.
The Pan Asian Arts and Culture Recognition Awards will be convened by VAHMS with an independent, three-person jury/selection committee. An open call for nominations by invitation and by public search will begin in February and conclude in mid-April with award recipients to be announced on May 1st. Honourees will be recognized in the Awards Ceremony at the VAHMS Annual Gala event on June 7th, 2019.
Within and limited to this specific context, the following interpretation will be applied:
Our Community: Greater Metro VancouverPan Asian: an inclusive interpretation that includes East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Pan-Asian mixed heritage, and those who self-identify as Pan-Asian.Arts: all that is created with imagination and skill and that expresses important ideas or feelings.Culture: broadly interpreted to include expressions of a way of life characteristic of a particular group of people at a particular time.Cross-Cultural: various forms of arts and culture interactivity between members of disparate cultural groups.Multicultural: the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society.Education: the knowledge and development resulting from the process of being educated
The Selection Committee will identify three organizations or individuals for awards. Selected recipients will be confirmed as honourees upon acceptance.
Goal: obtain at least a 3:1 ratio of candidates to honourees
Details regarding selection committee meeting(s) will be determined and led by Selection Committee Chair.
Timeline:• Call distributed in February • Call to close on April 15th • Submissions to be sent to selection committee on April 16th • Honourees will be contacted in late April; acceptance and attendance confirmed• Honourees formally announced on May 7th• Awards to be presented by President and the Sponsors