D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced finalists for the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The 33rd annual award ceremony will take place in the Lincoln Theater on September 25.
The award is the most prestigious honor conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Artists and organizations are recognized in six categories, including Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Performing Arts, Excellence in Creative Industries, Excellence in Arts Education, Excellence in the Humanities and the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards.
Did you hear the news!?#DCSCORES has been named one of the finalists for the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards for Excellence in Arts Education! ????
— DC SCORES (@DCSCORES) September 12, 2018
Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor has gone to Allyn Johnson, a musician, composer, and the director of Jazz Studies at the University of the District of Columbia.
Arts Award for Visionary Leadership will be given to C. Brian Williams, the founder and executive director of Step Afrika. Rare Essence, a go-go band, will be conferred with Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Michael Marshall Design, DC Jazz Festival, and DC Independent Film Festival have become the three finalists vying for the top award in the Excellence in Creative Industries category. At the same time, Tara Campbell, African American Civil War Museum and One World Education have been chosen as three finalists in Excellence in Humanities category.
In the youth category of the Larry Neal Writers’ Award, the winner will be selected among Madeleine Freedberg, Uniyah Campbell, and Arisemma Okrah. In the adult category, the prize will go to either Kitty Felde, Elizabeth Acevedo or Martha Addy Young.
Young Playwrights’ Theater, Inner City – Inner Child, and D.C. Scores are the three finalists in the Excellence in Arts Education category.
In the Excellence in Visual Arts category, Tim Tate, Jay F. Coleman/Jahlion, and Cory L. Stowers are competing for the prize.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington Performing Arts, and Chloe and Maud Arnold are the three nominees in the Excellence in Performing Arts category.