Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award

Nomination deadline: Friday April 28, 2017, 5:00 pm

The Living Arts Centre is now accepting nominations for the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Awards. The awards are designed to support, foster and celebrate young talent in Mississauga. Each year, up to two $1000 awards will be presented to individuals in two age categories (ages 12-17 and 18-25) who have contributed to the growing art scene within the Mississauga and have begun to establish themselves and make an impact in their chosen field. Excellence in literary arts, media arts, performing arts and visual arts will be considered.

Ron Lenyk was a passionate devotee of the arts and advocate of youth. As CEO of the Living Arts Centre from 2011 until 2015, he was thrilled about introducing young people to the arts, supporting youth education and loved "to see the excitement on their faces. And to think one day they will be the performers and artists at the LAC. I relish the contribution they can make to the community." In memory of Ron’s commitment to his community, generous spirit, and love of the arts, the Living Arts Centre has created the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Awards.

Nomination Guidelines

Please read all instructions carefully to ensure that you understand the nomination process and all application requirements.
Please provide as much detail as possible on the nominee.
Nominators must be at least 18 years of age and may not be a family member or partner of the nominee.
A nominee refers to an individual and not a group or organization.
If you need assistance please contact the Living Arts Centre at 905-306-6161 or email


  • Nominee must be a resident of the city of Mississauga
  • Nominee must be an emerging artist between the ages of 12 and 17 or 18 and 25.
  • Nominee’s contribution must be in literary arts, media arts, performing arts or visual arts
  • Nominee must have showcased their work locally whether through presentation, performance, publication or exhibition
  • Current LAC Board of Directors, LAC staff, members of the awards jury and their immediate families are not eligible to be nominated


Nominees will be assessed based on the strength of their application and the ability to demonstrate evidence of potential as well as:

  • Passion and dedication to their chosen field of expertise
  • Thoughtfulness and desire to develop artistic skills
  • Creativity and artistic vision
  • Artistic contributions have inspired peers and/or garnered peer recognition
  • Extent to which nominee will benefit from the receipt of the award
  • Community impact

Application Checklist

Nomination Applications must include:

  • Completed and signed nomination form
  • Nominee resume outlining education, current activities and community involvement, awards, scholarships or special recognition, affiliations
  • Artist statement/biography - 250 words or less
  • 500 word (maximum) statement of intent describing how the nominee will benefit from receipt of the award
  • Up to 10 digital images and/or video/recording/media clip/demo reel/sample of writing/publication.
    Work should be produced within the last two years.
    Digital images must not exceed 72dpi/150KB each.
    Videos and recordings must be provided as links – do not email video or recording files.
  • Relevant testimonials or letters of recommendation, if available

Submit completed nomination form and application materials by email to

Nomination deadline: Friday April 28, 2017, 5:00 pm

No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Download the Nomination Form

Past Winners

Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award 2016 Winners