30th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

By Editorial Team on October 28, 2015

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Event: Thursday, October 29
Pre-show at 6pm
Awards Ceremony at 7pm


The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, organizations and patrons of the arts. Mayor’s Arts Awards are 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. In addition, Mayor’s Arts Awards for Teaching are presented in Language Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.


The finalists for the 30th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards include:

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline
●       Joy Ford Austin
●       Coyaba Dance Theater
●       The National Hand Dance Association
●       Pan American Symphony Orchestra
●       Split This Rock
●       Renée Stout

Excellence in Service to the Arts
●       BloomBars
●       DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
●       Washington, DC Film Festival
●       Women in Film & Video

Innovation in the Arts
●       826DC
●       The Embassy Series
●       Southeast Boy Productions
●       Washington Performing Arts Society

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
●       Inner City – Inner Child
●       The Lab School of Washington
●       Washington Performing Arts Society
●       Young Playwrights’ Theater

Outstanding Emerging Artist
●       Jay Coleman
●       Company E, Inc.
●       Adam Davies
●       Robert Person

Excellence in Arts Teaching
●       Lauren Bomba (Maury Elementary School)
●       Carmen Jenkins Frazier (School Without Walls)
●       Terry Thomas (Seaton Elementary School)

With Special Honorees:

  • Peggy Cooper Cafritz
    Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Molly Smith
    Mayor’s Arts Award for Impact on Culture and Humanities
  • Dr. Ryuji Ueno & Dr. Sachiko Kuno
    Mayor’s Arts Award for Visionary Leadership
  • Dolores Kendrick
    Mayor’s Arts Award for Special Recognition
  • Street Sense
    Humanitarian Highlight

With appearances by Lamman Rucker, NEWork Productions, Black Alley Band, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC Youth Slam Team, Gin Dance, Luke Spring, Dupont Brass, Capital City Symphony, Lesole’s Dance Project and more.

Admission is free and open to the public.

To RSVP, please click here. Please note admission is first come, first served. RSVP’s are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.

The event is at the Historic Lincoln Theatre is located at 1215 U Street NW.