Gallery Openings and Events

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents the 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

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Event: Thursday, September 22 at 7pm

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Doors Open 6pm

Reception following Awards

Creative formal-wear suggested

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 and humanities.

Special Honorees

  • Lou Stovall
    Lifetime Achievement
  • Julianne Brienza
    Visionary Leadership
  • E. Ethelbert Miller
    Distinguished Honor

Individuals and Organizations will be recognized in six categories:

  • Excellence in the Arts
  • Excellence in the Humanities
  • Excellence in Creative Industries
  • Outstanding Student Award
  • Excellence in Arts Teaching
  • Outstanding New Artist

Performances by

  • BBM Band
  • DJ Alkimist and Broad Sound Band
  • Sambart Entertainment, Phoenix Amor, Airborne DC!, Capitol Movement
  • Leron Boyd
  • Poetic Masterpiece – Jonte (Luki) Barrett, Elisha Brown, Ashley (Epiphany) Hodges,
  • Javier Starks, Eric Powell, Rebecca Dupas
  • Vicu Schek and Mykel Walker
  • Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel Choir

with Master of Ceremony: Tommy McFly, WIAD 94.7 FM

Admission is free.

All guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event is located at the Historic Lincoln Theatre is located at 1215 U St. NW. For more information and to RSVP for the opening reception, visit www.dcarts.dc.gov or call 202-724-5613.