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Special Recognitions to Be Given at 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Honoring outstanding support and service to Washington, DC’s arts, entertainment, and creative industries

As part of the 28th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will present special awards to several individuals and organizations, recognizing their outstanding support to DC’s arts, entertainment, and creative industries.

Those being honored include Howard University’s Division of Fine Arts, Barbara Harman, Executive Director and Jane Harman, President of the Harman Family Foundation, and Jim Abdo, President and CEO of Abdo Development. The evening will feature performances by the Washington National Opera, Sharón Clark, and Take Dance. Mistress of Ceremonies, Helen Hayes Award-winning actress E. Faye Butler will also perform.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the highest honors conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service.  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.

Since 1968, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has supported community development through the arts by promoting artistic excellence. The Commission’s commitment to raising the profile of its grantees continues through the Mayor's Arts Awards by providing grants to the winner in each category. The awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Outstanding Emerging Artist, Innovation in the Arts and Outstanding Service to the Arts. 

District residents and visitors to the city are invited to attend the free Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Warner Theatre at 513 13th Street NW. The awards ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. This year’s theme is a celebration of the District’s creative industries. Reservations can be made online at https://mayorsartsawards2013.eventbrite.com.

“The District of Columbia has become a national and international arts leader largely due to the drive and talents of our creative individuals and organizations,” said Mayor Gray. “The District’s arts, entertainment and creative industries are booming, contributing to our sustainability and helping to make the city a better place to live, visit, work and play. This year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards finalists showcase the best that the District has to offer.”

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the District’s thriving and diverse arts community,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The nominees represent the artists, arts organizations and educators who have made the District a world-class cultural capital.” 

“The Commission is proud to honor the District's premier individual artists and arts organizations,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This year’s nominees celebrate DC’s cultural capital and spotlight the significance of our city's vibrant arts and entertainment community. The District’s creative industries - arts, film, theater - contribute to both our cultural heritage and our economy.”

The final nominees for the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards are:

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

  • Critical Exposure
  • 826DC
  • Marta Reid Stewart
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline

  • The Phillips Collection
  • Bruce McNeil
  • Washington Bach Consort
  • National Hand Dance Association
  • Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Emerging Artist

  • Caitlin Teal Price
  • Brian WIlbur Grundstrom
  • Tommy Taylor, Jr.
  • Luis Peralta

Innovation in the Arts

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • The Washington Ballet
  • Miriam's Kitchen
  • Arena Stage

Outstanding Service to the Arts

  • Carla Perlo
  • Washington Project for the Arts
  • DC Arts and Humanities Ed. Coll.
  • DC Shorts
  • Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
  • BloomBars

Mayors Arts Award for Teaching

  • Topher Kandick
  • Amylia Barnett
  • Sarah Pace
  • Paige Byrne
  • Bryan Hill
  • Mandy McCulloch
  • Andrea Perll

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.