Acorn Arts Award

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this program is on hold until further notice.

Award Criteria

Oak Bay’s Acorn Arts Award is an honorary artistic achievement award that recognizes a living individual, group or institution who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to, and significant impact on the arts in Oak Bay. Individuals or groups that are active in Oak Bay or those who live here but are active elsewhere are eligible to apply.

The purpose of the award is threefold:

The purpose of the award is:

  • To acknowledge and celebrate outstanding artistic merit in Oak Bay.

  • To enhance awareness of the arts and their role in nourishing Oak Bay's economic, social and emotional well-being.

  • To acknowledge persons, organizations, or businesses who have contributed to an enlivened, healthy, and meaningful community through the arts.

Arts include but are not limited to: 

  • Visual arts, craft, design, film, new media, music, dance, writing, public art, theatre arts, philanthropy, business supporting the arts, volunteerism in the arts, culinary arts, landscape art, or architecture.

The award is adjudicated by the Oak Bay Arts Laureate's Public Art Advisory Committee and is administered by Oak Bay Municipality through the Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture. Although the award is honorary and has no monetary value, the honoree receives a bespoke acorn keepsake and is publicly recognized. The Acorn Arts Award is only awarded when a suitable candidate is identified.

Previoius Award Recipients

CCPA’s contribution to the arts honoured with Acorn Award

Second annual award given out by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

April 2019


The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is the recipient of the second Acorn Arts Award.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture selected CCPA as winner of the municipal award, which recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the arts in Oak Bay.

CCPA is in its 21st season of training multi-disciplinary performing artists.
“Since our beginnings in Oak Bay, the college has always held its founding belief that community and collaboration, [and] giving back, are the essence of the performing arts,” said Caleb Marshall, CCPA’s managing artistic director. “We are honoured that Oak Bay, our community, is recognizing our longevity, our commitment to excellence and making the arts accessible to all.”

The Acorn Award will be presented to the performing arts school on April 4.