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The 28th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony to Celebrate the Finest in DC Arts and Entertainment

Monday, July 15, 2013

The 28th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony to Celebrate the Finest in DC Arts and Entertainment

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will present the 28th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM at the celebrated Warner Theatre. E. Faye Butler, Helen Hayes Award Winner 2013 for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play, will host the evening’s festivities. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Mayor's Arts Award is the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations and arts patrons in the city.

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the very best of our thriving and diverse arts community,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The honorees and nominees represent some of the top artists, arts organizations and educators in the nation, showcasing the District as a world-class cultural capital.” 

“The Commission is proud to present the Mayor's Arts Awards to honor the District's premier individual artists, arts organizations, and patrons of the arts," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "This year’s theme celebrates the creative industries and spotlights the significance of our city's vibrant arts and entertainment community. The District’s creative industries - arts, film, theater - contribute to both our cultural heritage and our economy.”

This year’s awards will be presented in the following categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artist and Mayor's Award for Arts Teaching (visual, performing and language arts). Finalists were chosen 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 and arts education.

“The District of Columbia has become a national and international arts leader largely due to the drive and talents of our creative individuals and organizations,” said Mayor Gray. “The District’s arts, entertainment and creative industries are booming, contributing to our sustainability and helping to make the city a better place to live, visit, work and play. This year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards finalists showcase the best that the District has to offer.”

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the District’s thriving and diverse arts community,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The nominees represent the artists, arts organizations and educators who have made the District a world-class cultural capital.” 

RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Seating is distributed on a first come, first served basis. To reserve seats, please visit http://mayorsartsawards2013.eventbrite.com. For additional information on the Mayor's Arts Awards or other DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities programs, please call (202) 724-5613.

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The final nominees are:

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

  • Critical Exposure
  • 826DC
  • Marta Reid Stewart
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline

  • The Phillips Collection
  • Bruce McNeil
  • Washington Bach Consort
  • National Hand Dance Association
  • Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Emerging Artist

  • Caitlin Teal Price
  • Brian Grundstrom
  • Tommy Taylor, Jr.
  • Luis Peralta

Innovation in the Arts

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • The Washington Ballet
  • Miriam's Kitchen
  • Washington Drama Society, dba Arena Stage

Outstanding Service to the Arts

  • Carla Perlo
  • Washington Project for the Arts
  • DC Arts and Humanities Ed. Coll.
  • DC Shorts
  • Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
  • BloomBars

Mayors Arts Award for Teaching

  • Topher Kandick
  • Amylia Barnett
  • Sarah Pace
  • Paige Byrne
  • Bryan Hill
  • Mandy McCulloch
  • Andrea Perll