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The Mayor's Arts Awards and Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. With performances by Levine Music, Kendall Isadore, Split This Rock, Chamber Dance Project, and the cast of Arena Stage’s Five Guys Named Moe and Grammy-nominated recording artist Maysa. Mistress of Ceremonies: Andrea Roane, WUSA 9 News.
Artists and organizations will be recognized in five categories:
The awards are limited to individuals and nonprofit organizations that reside in the District of Columbia.
The Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are limited to full-time arts teachers who are employed by a District of Columbia elementary, middle or high school. The three categories for arts teaching are:
Special awards will be given to several individuals and organizations, recognizing their outstanding support to DC’s arts, entertainment, and creative industries. This year's chosen finalists demonstrate the wide range of talent the District of Columbia arts community has to offer. Finalists were selected 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.
Those receiving special recognition are Dr. James Billington, The Librarian of Congress; Cathy Hughes, Chairperson, Radio One and TV One; Maida Withers, founder and artistic director of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company; Victor Shargai, theater advocate and interior designer, Victor Shargai and Associates Inc.; and Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, founders, GALA Hispanic Theatre.
The winners for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards are:
Excellence in an Artistic Discipline
Excellence in Service to the Arts
Innovation in the Arts
Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
Outstanding Emerging Artist
Excellence in Arts Teaching