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Announcing the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards Honorees and Finalists

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) are proud to announce the special honorees and finalists of the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on September 14, 2017.

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.

“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.”

Tickets are free to the public and distribution begins on Monday, August 14 through an online ticket reservation system via www.dcarts.dc.gov or by calling 202-734-5613.

The 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm at Historic Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW.

Finalists for the 32nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards:

  • Excellence in Creative Industries
    • Paul Marengo
    • Studio Theatre
    • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
    • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Excellence in Performing Arts
    • Excellence in Performing Arts
    • Washington Improv Theater
    • The Choral Arts Society of Washington
    • Dance Place
    • Only Make Believe
  • Excellence in the Humanities
    • Rayceen Pendarvis
    • Kitty Felde
    • Joy Ford Austin
    • Recreation Wish List Committee
  • Excellence in Visual Arts
    • Sondra N. Arkin
    • Katherine Tzu-Ian Mann
    • Cory L. Stowers
    • Michael Crossett
  • The Larry Neal Writers’ Award (Adult)
    • Taylor Johnson
    • Brendan Williams-Childs
    • Mona Nicole Sfeir
    • Dionne Peart
  • 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

(via DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.)