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29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

The Mayor's Arts Awards and Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. With performances by Levine Music, Kendall Isadore, Split This Rock, Chamber Dance Project, and the cast of Arena Stage’s Five Guys Named Moe and Grammy-nominated recording artist Maysa. Mistress of Ceremonies: Andrea Roane, WUSA 9 News.

Artists and organizations will be recognized in five categories:

  • Excellence in an Artistic Discipline;
  • Excellence in Service to the Arts;
  • Innovation in the Arts;
  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education;
  • Outstanding Emerging Artist.

The awards are limited to individuals and nonprofit organizations that reside in the District of Columbia.

The Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are limited to full-time arts teachers who are employed by a District of Columbia elementary, middle or high school. The three categories for arts teaching are:

  • Excellence in Teaching Performing Arts,
  • Excellence in Teaching Visual Arts,
  • Excellence in Teaching Language Arts.

Special awards will be given to several individuals and organizations, recognizing their outstanding support to DC’s arts, entertainment, and creative industries. This year's chosen finalists demonstrate the wide range of talent the District of Columbia arts community has to offer. Finalists were selected by the Mayor's Arts Awards Advisory Jury comprised of prominent members of the District’s arts community with expertise in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, arts service and arts education. 

Those receiving special recognition are Dr. James Billington, The Librarian of Congress; Cathy Hughes, Chairperson, Radio One and TV One; Maida Withers, founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; Victor Shargai, theater advocate and interior designer, Victor Shargai and Associates Inc.; and Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, founders, GALA Hispanic Theatre.

The winners for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards are:

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline

  • Children's Chorus of Washington

Excellence in Service to the Arts

  • Washington Project for the Arts

Innovation in the Arts

  • Lance Kramer

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

  • 826DC

Outstanding Emerging Artist

  • Rachel Kerwin

Excellence in Arts Teaching

  • Nakia Espinal, John Philip Sousa Middle School - Performing Arts
  • Bryan Hill, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School - Visual Arts
  • Garwin Zamora, DC Bilingual Public Charter School - Visual Arts