This award is presented to an organization or individual that has achieved regional and/or national recognition and is recognized as a “Nanaimo artist", demonstrating excellence in their field, and a significant inspiration to others.
This award category presents the community with the opportunity to recognize people and groups they believe have made a significant contribution to making Nanaimo a culturally vibrant city.
2023 Recipient: Joel Good
Photo credit: Sean Fenzl
Joel Good won the 2023 Excellence in Culture Award for his achievements in visual art. He is a traditional Coast Salish artist from Snuneymuxw First Nation, well-known for several inspiring local public art installations. Good's designs are informed
by Snuneymuxw oral history, taught to him by his father, as well as research into traditional Coast Salish art forms. He adeptly fuses Snuneymuxw teachings and classical painting inspired by the work of his mother, artist and painter Sandra Moorhouse-Good,
to form his own traditional style.
Good and his father, master carver and historian Dr. William Good collaborated on two Coast Salish house post totem poles in st’lilup (Departure Bay). Together, they also created a pole in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and
Girls, for Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Nanaimo.
Using Snuneymuxw techniques, Good also creates steam-bent boxes. A video showing this process is available on the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools YouTube channel.
A selection of Good’s other prominent commissions include the Spindle Whorl and Dancing Eagle panel for the City of Nanaimo, along with art for the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Leadership Vancouver
Island, BC Hydro and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Good’s art has received both national and international attention featured on garments created by Ay Lelum - The Good House of Design, run by his sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward Good. Joel’s designs on Ay Lelum couture
and ready-to-wear garments have been on the runways of Vancouver Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, and have graced the pages of numerous publications like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.