The Lincoln Theatre
Tuesday | September 25, 2018 | 7pm
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Mayor's Arts Awards
The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Artists and Organizations are recognized in six categories: Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in Creative Industries, Excellence in Arts Education, Excellence in the Humanities and the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards.
Join us in Recognizing DC’s Creative Community
TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 | 7 pm
THE LINCOLN THEATRE
1215 U Street NW, Washington DC
White Carpet Pre-Show 5:30 pm
202-724-5613 | RSVP here
2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honor Awards
Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor
Musician, Composer, and Director of Jazz Studies, University of the District of Columbia
Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership
C. Brian Williams
Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!
Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement
2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Finalists
Excellence in Creative Industries
Michael Marshall Design | DC Jazz Festival | DC Independent Film Festival
Excellence in Humanities
Tara Campbell | African American Civil War Museum | One World Education
Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Youth
Madeleine Freedberg | Uniyah Campbell | Arisemma Okrah
Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Adult
Kitty Felde | Elizabeth Acevedo | Martha Addy Young
Excellence in Arts Education
Young Playwrights’ Theater | Inner City - Inner Child | DC Scores
Excellence in Visual Arts
Tim Tate | Jay F. Coleman/Jahlion | Cory L. Stowers
Excellence in Performing Arts
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company | Washington Performing Arts | Chloe and Maud Arnold
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is Celebrating 50th Anniversary!
A Brief History
1968 - 1969
On November 29,1968, the DC Commission on the Arts was formed with a purpose to “encourage the development of programs which promote progress in the arts.” The first chairman and executive director were appointed in 1969.
1970 - 1979
In the 70s, things started to pick up for the Commission. It started to receive more funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, allowing the commission to give out more grants to local DC artists. In 1971, it started an Artist in Residency program, and in 1974, following the District’s Home Rule Act of 1973, the name was changed from DC Commission on the Arts to DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH). Roughly $200,000 was given to artists and organizations each year during this decade. Also during this time, in 1978, local businesses started to donate money to CAH, which was then distributed to arts organizations.
1980 - 1989
The 80s was a big decade for CAH. The agency saw a steady increase in budgets, grant recipients, and it was the beginning of many programs which are still in effect today. Such programs included the Larry Neal Writers Awards, the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and CAH’s public art program, DC Creates! Nearly $1.5 million was awarded to local artists from 1980-1989. During this era, Peggy Cooper Cafritz was chairman of the commission. Decades later, she went on to receive the Lifetime Achievement award from the Mayor’s Awards.
1990 - 1999
During the 90s, more grant programs were established, making the awards more tailored to specific needs. These grants were given names such as the Arts Education Projects, City Arts Projects, and Grants in Aid. These grant opportunities are still the types of grants that artists and organizations can apply to today. It was during this time, in the 90s, that hundreds of grants were given to artists and organizations each year. In fact, in 1997 over a million dollars was distributed to local grant recipients. Charles Stephenson served as chairman during the later segment of this decade. He is well known for his contributions to Go-Go music in DC.
2000 - 2010
This decade brought in much revenue for the CAH through public art fundraisers such as Party Animals and Pandamania. Many new programs were also added in this era. These programs included Poet in Progress, Poetry Out Loud, and Murals DC. In 2009, close to nine million dollars was awarded to artists and organizations. During this decade, the CAH began to offer funds to help District arts and cultural organizations improve, expand or renovate their facilities.
2010 - 2018
This decade saw a drastic increase of award money granted from the start of the decade to the end. In 2010, $4.1 million was awarded, and by 2016, $9.1 million was given to artists and organizations of DC. The biggest increase was seen in 2013, when it awarded 5 million more dollars than the previous year. Many successful programs were also added and are ongoing in this time period, such as 202Creates. In addition to new programs, many new grant opportunities were started as well. Such opportunities focused on heritage, buildings, youth employment, events, festivals, field trips and much more. As CAH approaches its 50th anniversary in November 2018, the agency will do so with the largest budget in its history, a testament to the city’s creative professionals and the tremendous support of Mayor Muriel Bowser.