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Mayor Bowser Presents 33rd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, Celebrates the Creative Spirit and Achievements of Washingtonians

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Washington, DC – Tonight, as part of 202Creates month, Mayor Bowser presented the District’s 33rd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the historic Lincoln Theatre. The event recognized the city’s creative community and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

“These artists and creatives are just a sample of the many talented and dedicated individuals who have shaped the District's distinct personality and culture,” said Mayor Bowser. “Much of that success can be attributed to the service and support the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has provided to our creative community over the past 50 years.”

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 were 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’ Award.

The winners of the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards were:

  • Excellence in Arts Education: Young Playwrights' Theater
  • Excellence in Creative Industries: DC Jazz Festival
  • Excellence in Performing Arts: Chloe and Maud Arnold
  • Excellence in the Humanities: African American Civil War Museum
  • Excellence in Visual Arts: Cory L. Stowers
  • The Larry Neal Writers’ Award (Adult): Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Larry Neal Writers’ Award (Youth): Madeleine Freedberg

Additionally, Mayor’s Arts Honor Awards were presented to the following:

  • Award for Visionary Leadership: C. Brian Williams
  • Award for Distinguished Honor: Allyn Johnson
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement: Rare Essence

“The District of Columbia, simply put, is the capital of creativity, and tonight’s Awards showcased that fact,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Interim Director Angie Gates. “The investments made into the creative sector through the Commission’s programs and Mayor Bowser’s 202Creates initiative have resulted in significant economic growth, benefiting all District residents.”

Mayor Bowser launched 202Creates in September 2016 to amplify and celebrate DC’s creative culture. Throughout the year, 202Creates promotes and amplifies Washington, DC’s creative economy through digital media marketing, original television programming, and paid performance opportunities for DC’s creatives.