Halifax Jazz Festival recognizes outstanding Leadership in the Arts

2018 winner of the prestigious
Susan Hunter Award:
Artie Irwin

As part of its mission to foster and support the arts community, Halifax Jazz Festival recognizes a proven leader in the Halifax Arts Community - a person who demonstrates leadership, passion and, commitment to maintaining, strengthening and advancing the local arts community.  We are thrilled to announce this years winner: Artie Irwin!

Artie irwin

Artie irwin

The prestigious susan hunter award

The prestigious susan hunter award


About the Award

Any member of the Halifax arts community is eligible for this award, which recognizes and encourages individuals who demonstrate a record of inspirational leadership. An individual nominated for this category will have; demonstrated several of the following examples of leadership, including:

  • A commitment to working in the arts sector, and to the community the Festival serves; (audiences, artists, media, sponsors, etc.)

  • Creativity and the ability to arrive at thoughtful, creative and innovative solutions

  • Generosity of spirit with regards to everyone in the community, and to generate and maintain nurturing relationships

  • A focus on community, by having the interests of the arts community at the forefront and always looking for ways to build community, leaping forward, and growing with the community

  • The ability to motivate and inspire others


The recipient of the award demonstrates leadership by;

  • Creating and sharing a vision for the future,   and helping others understand their role in  achieving it

  • Actively sharing responsibility, information and credit when working towards the achievement  of a goal

  • Giving others all of the tools, guidance and trust needed to achieve the overall goal

  • Communicating often and in a manner which is fair, candid, honourable and open

Selection is based on recommendations from the membership, and nominations will be assessed and awarded by the Board.

JazzEast announces the recipient during the Halifax Jazz Festival, where an award is presented expressing the spirit of community service and the gratitude of the arts community along with a certificate, describing the award and identifying the honouree.