The Saidye Bronfman Award is Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts. Created in 1977 by the Bronfman family to honour their mother on her 80th birthday, the $25,000 prize is awarded annually to an exceptional craftsperson. In addition, works by the recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for its permanent collection. In 2007, the Saidye Bronfman Award became an eighth Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, reserved exclusively for fine craft artists, and it retained its name under the overall banner of the Governor General’s Awards. For more information on the new nomination deadline and process, consult the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts page.