Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) awarded National Museum of Women in the Arts founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay the Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at a public ceremony on Sept. 14. These awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations.
“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award, and we thank the mayor for her continued support of the National Museum of Women in the Arts,” said Holladay. “It is gratifying that the museum holds a special place in the artistic and cultural life of the nation’s capital.”
At the 32nd award ceremony, special honorees also included Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, receiving the award for Visionary Leadership, and jazz musician and educator Davey Yarborough, receiving the award for Distinguished Honor. In addition, 24 individuals and organizations were selected 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 were publicly 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 ceremony was on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Lincoln Theatre.
(via National Museum of Women in the Arts and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Photo courtesy of Michele Mattei.)