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Mayors Arts Awards Committee Announces 33 Finalists

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Contact: Deirdre Ehlen

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) celebrates the 25th annual Mayor's Arts Awards and honors the inspiring accomplishments of the 33 artists and cultural organizations nominated. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the highest honors conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service.  This year's 33 finalists demonstrate the wide range of talent that the District of Columbia arts community has to offer. Finalists were chosen by the Mayor's Arts Awards Advisory Jury comprised of prominent members of the District’s arts community with expertise in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, arts service and arts education.

DCCAH commitment to raise the profile of its grantees continues through the Mayor's Arts Awards by providing grant awards to the winner of each category. The awards will be presented in the following categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artists and the Mayor’s Award for Arts Teaching. Additionally, the Mayor’s Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts will be presented to Felix Angel, Director of the Inter-American Development Bank. The winners will also be featured on Art (202) TV on TV-16 with 2-3 minute segments dedicated to each winner's artistic expression. 

“Washington’s arts community is integral to the world-class city we call home,” said Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This year we received 102 nominations, a record number. The Mayor’s Arts Awards represent our appreciation of the contributions made to the rich cultural vitality of our city.” The Awards have a long tradition of honoring the best of the best in the arts and sets the artistic tone for years to come.  Since 1968, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has supported community development through the arts by promoting artistic excellence. Legends such as Leonard Slatkin, Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn and Peggy Cooper Cafritz are past recipients of Mayor's Arts Awards.

For event information, contact Victoria Joy Murray at (202) 724-5613.

For a complete listing of the finalists, please visit our blog.