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Nominations open for 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. The nomination form is available online here.  For a print version of the form, contact Tamara Gill, (206) 733-9591 or

There will be five awards presented this year in the following newly created categories. All categories are open to individuals, organizations or community groups.

Future Focus: Awarded for making a difference in arts education and youth work. Previous recipients include Reel Grrls (2010) and Coyote Central and Marybeth Saterlee (2008)

Artistic City: for helping to shape Seattle as a city of creativity. Previous recipients include public artist Buster Simpson (2012) and Pratt Fine Arts Center (2011).

Venture Culturalist: Awarded for investment in our cultural community by a funder, business, donor or professional development/service organization. Previous recipients include Seattle Foundation (2004) and Artist Trust (2009).

Arts as the How: Awarded for deep and lasting impact on social issues, such as race and social justice. Previous recipients include Three Dollar Bill Cinema (2012) and Longhouse Media’s Native Lens Program (2007).

Raising the Bar: Awarded for artistic excellence. Previous recipients include Gerard Schwarz (2006) and Olivier Wevers (2012).

The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. Last year more than 500 nominations were received.

Mayor Mike McGinn will honor recipients of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30. The afternoon will include an opening of the Visual Arts Festival at 3 p.m., Mayors Arts Awards at 4 p.m. and a concert with School of Rock at 5:30 p.m. All Friday afternoon events are free.

The awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine.