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The 2012 Mayors Arts Awards and Mayors Awards for Arts Teaching - Call for Nominations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities today announced a call for nominations for the 27th 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 Friday, March 16.

The Mayor’s Arts Award recognizes artists and organizations in five categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Outstanding Emerging Artist, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, and Innovation in the Arts. The awards are limited to individuals and nonprofit (501c3) 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 DC 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.

“It’s important to recognize the discipline and dedication displayed to the arts by artists, teachers, and organizations, because these are the entities that enrich our lives and challenge us to approach the world creatively,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The awards also celebrate our city’s creative industry leaders and their contributions to making our city vibrant and sustainable.”

A ceremony to honor nominees, finalists and winners will take place this spring at the Lincoln Theatre.

The deadline for submissions is March 16. For more information regarding the Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching, please contact Steven Mazzola at [email protected]or (202) 724-5613.