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32nd Mayor's Arts Awards - Call for Nominations

32nd Mayor’s Arts Awards

ABOUT
The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers nonprofit organizations. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will present the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in September 2017.

Nominations for individuals and organizations are being accepted for awards in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Excellence in Performing Arts
  • Excellence in Arts Education
  • Excellence in Creative Industries
  • Excellence in the Humanities
  • The Larry Neal Writers’ Award for Adults and Youth

GUIDELINES
• The awards are limited to individuals who reside and nonprofit organizations that have administrative offices in the District of Columbia.
• Individuals and nonprofit organizations may self-nominate or be nominated for an award.
• Individuals and nonprofit organizations may be nominated in multiple award categories where appropriate.
• Separate applications are required for each nomination category.
• Individuals and nonprofit organizations cannot be nominated in a category that they have been awarded in for a period of at least 2 years.

DEADLINE
Only online applications will be accepted and must be submitted no later than Friday, February, 24, 2017, 4:00 PM (EST).

HOW TO NOMINATE

Those making nominations (herein “applicant/s OR application”) are required to create an account through the website Good Done Great (GDG) in order to submit a nomination for an award. There is no cost for this. The website link may be accessed via http://bit.do/MAA2017, or by visiting www.dcarts.dc.gov. Please be advised that upon visiting the application portal link, applicants will encounter “Guide to Grants” page Select “Sign Up Today” link and proceed to the Mayor’s Arts Award nomination application. New users will be required to create a log in account. Complete the nomination application by the deadline.To nominate, visit http://bit.do/MAA2017, or www.dcarts.dc.gov

NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be announced on or by July 14, 2017. Winners will be announced during the awards presentation in September 2017 (date TBD).

CONTACT
For more information, please contact Ebony C. Brown, Special Events Manager at [email protected] or JaKenna Martin, Special Events Associate [email protected] or (202) 724-5613.

AWARD CATEGORIES

MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL ARTS

  • Artistic disciplines may include but are not limited to: Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, photography, crafts.

MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMING ARTS

  • Artistic disciplines may include but are not limited to:    
  • Dance - Jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, folk, ballroom.
  • Theatre - actors, directors, carpenters.
  • Music - composers, singers, musicians, bands, orchestras, choruses.

MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARTS EDUCATION

  • Honors an individual or organization for outstanding applications of imagination and creativity in a learning environment where teaching quality art is an essential part of their mission to its student population. The honor can include but is not limited to teachers in DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools.

MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

  • Honors an individual, business, organization or group that has taken a leadership role in helping to develop the creative economy/culture in Washington DC whose core function is the production and/or distribution of art.
  • Artistic disciplines may include but are not limited to: Design arts, filmmakers, producers, museums, media, lighting designers, sound engineers, fashion, graphic designers, crafters, jewelry designers, media.
  • Curators such as festival coordinators, exhibitors best fit in this category.

MAYOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE HUMANITIES

  • Honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions in the humanities in the District of Columbia.
  • Disciplines may include but are not limited to: Literature, history, language, philosophy, anthropology, archeology, musicality, religion and social science.

THE LARRY NEAL WRITER’S AWARD: (FOR INDIVIDUALS ONLY-ADULT, YOUTH)

ADULT:    

  • FICTION: One unpublished short story, not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced.
  • DRAMATIC WRITING: One unproduced double-spaced play or double-spaced screen play. All plays and screen plays must include a two-page contextualizing the selection submitted. Entries will be judged on the summary and maximum of 3,000 words submitted.
  • POETRY: One poetry application must contain three (3) unpublished poems (one poem per page). The applicant will be judged on the quality of all three submissions.

TEEN (GRADES 9-12):    

  • POETRY: Two unpublished poems (one poem per page).
  • FICTION: One unpublished short story, not to exceed 500 words, double-spaced.

For complete details on this call, please click here or download the PDF document below.