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33rd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Muriel Bowser presents

The Mayor's Arts Awards

Celebrating 50 years of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

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.

2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honor Awards 

Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor
Allyn Johnson

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
Rare Essence

Go-Go Band

2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Winners

Excellence in Creative Industries
 DC Jazz Festival

Excellence in Humanities
African American Civil War Museum

Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Youth
Madeleine Freedberg

Larry Neal Writers’ Award - Adult
 Elizabeth Acevedo

Excellence in Arts Education
Young Playwrights’ Theater 

Excellence in Visual Arts
Cory L. Stowers

Excellence in Performing Arts
Chloe and Maud Arnold

The event took place Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 pm at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington DC.