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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Releases Call for Nominations

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Releases Call for Nominations

28th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announce a call for nominations for the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching. The awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

The Mayor’s Arts Award recognizes artists and organizations in five categories – Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, and Outstanding Emerging Artist. The awards are limited to individuals and not-for-profit 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 and Excellence in Teaching Language Arts. Teachers in all artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, theatre, dance or humanities-based) are eligible for nomination.

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the tremendous accomplishments of those that preserve and push the boundaries of arts and culture in Washington,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Judith Terra, Chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities stated, “The annual Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching [ceremony] is a magical evening celebrating the powerful impact that arts and culture have on us as individuals, as neighbors, as the capital of the United States, and as a great international city.”

The ceremony to honor nominees, finalists and winners will take place this fall at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

To submit a nomination, please visit www.dcarts.dc.gov. The deadline for submissions is March 13th. For more information regarding the Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching, please contact Steven Mazzola at steven.mazzola@dc.gov or (202) 724-5613.