Each year, the London Arts Council invites nominations for the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List for an honouree in the Arts category. Eligible nominees are professional artists and active volunteers whose artistic excellence or outstanding contribution of service deserves recognition. Through a juried process, a recipient is then recommended to the City.
This year, Karen Schindler has been named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List in the Arts category. Congratulations Karen!! A much deserved distinction for many years of passionate creation and support of the literary arts sector in London!
Karen is a regular CAIP (Community Arts Investment Program) recipient for her professional, community-focused work with Baseline Press, which she started 12 years ago. Baseline Press is a micro-press based in London, through which Karen publishes work by Canadian poets (including many from London) in beautiful chapbooks that she binds with lots of heart, and completely by hand!
She volunteered as the Director of the Antler River Poetry Reading Series for 10 years, and actively supports numerous literary events and initiatives in the city, is an inspiring mentor to emerging presses and writers within the community, and has been integral in developing London’s literary scene as a welcoming and thriving environment.
You can find more information about Karen’s amazing contributions to the community, as well as those of the other recipients on this year’s list, by visiting: https://london.ca/mayors-new-years-honour-list