(Washington) - Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) announce the special honorees and finalists of the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.
At the public awards ceremony in September, three individuals will be recognized as special honorees. Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. Jazz musician and educator Davey Yarborough will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor.
In addition, twenty-four individuals and organizations are finalists for Mayor's Arts Awards across six categories: Excellence in the Creative Industries, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in the Humanities, Excellence in Visual Arts, The Larry Neal Writers' Award and the Mayor's Award for Arts Education. All nominees for these award categories are publically submitted.
"The individuals and organizations being honored at the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards add to the vibrancy of Washington, DC and help us define who we are as a city. Today, our creative economy is a powerful driver of economic development, helping revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents in all eight wards," said Mayor Bowser. "Washington, DC is rich with arts and culture, and we are proud to highlight the hardworking professionals who make life better for Washingtonians and visitors alike."
"This year's special honorees and finalists represent the depth of professionalism and talent in the District's arts and humanities communities," said Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. "It is an honor for us to showcase their accomplishments at the Mayor's Arts Awards to the entire city."
The 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards event will be presented on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.dcarts.dc.gov or call 202-724-5613.
Finalists for the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards
|Excellence in Creative Industries||Paul Marengo|
|Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital|
|Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts|
|Excellence in Performing Arts||Washington Improv Theater|
|The Choral Arts Society of Washington|
|Only Make Believe|
|Excellence in the Humanities||Rayceen Pendarvis|
|Joy Ford Austin|
|Recreation Wish List Committee|
|Excellence in Visual Arts||Sondra N. Arkin|
|Katherine Tzu-Ian Mann|
|Cory L. Stowers|
|The Larry Neal Writers' Award (Adult)||Taylor Johnson|
|Mona Nicole Sfeir|
|The Mayor's Award for Arts Education||The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts|
|Inner City-Inner Child|
|Young Playwright's Theater|
|Sitar Arts Center|