The 2015 Sunshine Coast Arts Council awards were handed out during the Community Foundation’s 2016 Granting Ceremony. The Sunshine Coast Arts Council was given a special place at this year’s Ceremony in recognition of their ongoing investments with the Community Foundation.

Muralist, Dean Schutz was awarded the coveted Gillian Lowndes Award recognizing long standing achievement in his chosen art’s discipline. Bassoonist, Breanna Picard was awarded the Louise Baril Memorial Music Award to support her ongoing musical education.

Michael Klein, son of Anne and Philip Klein was on hand to hand out the award created in his parent’s memory, intended to be awarded to an individual who discovers a new artistic passion later in life. This year’s Klein award went to artist turned writer, Jan Williams.

Dean Schutz

Dean Schutz Photo courtesy Paul Clancy

Jan Williams

Jan Williams with presenter Michael Klein Photo courtesy Paul Clancy

Breanna Picard..

Breanna Picard Photo courtesy Jacob Roberts

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is happy to offer support to various Sunshine Coast arts organizations who currently do not have CRA status. Three of these organizations where successful in their application to the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation awards, they are: SC Spinners and Weavers Guild, Gibsons Arts Building Society, Coasting Along Theatre Society.



SCAC Board Chair: Jill Sullivan – SC Spinners and Weavers Guild: Anne Gregory, Muriel Prior – SCCF Community Granting Committee: Sheila Page – Gibsons Arts Building Society: Katherine Scott – Photo courtesy of Jacob Roberts


Coasting Along Theatre Society: Kathleen Holmes – with Presenter: Mayor Bruce Milne – Photo courtesy of Paul Clancy