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2004 Mayor’s Arts Awards

2004 Mayor’s Arts Awards. Photo: Ian Edelstein.

2004, the second year of the Mayor’s Arts Awards, celebrated six individuals and organizations that have had a tremendous impact on our City. Please help us celebrate Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, The Seattle Foundation, Tim Summers, Sub Pop Records, and Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, the 2004 Mayor’s Arts Award recipients.


Nominations are open now and this year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 31 at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre at 4 p.m.

2004 highlights:

Commissioned public art installed in 2004: Lightbulb Benches, by Niemi Ries

KEXP, Top NW albums: Vells — Flight from Echo Falls; Visqueen — Sunset on Dateland; Viva Voce — The Heat Can Melt Your Brain

Best at Seattle International Film Festival, 2004: Film: Facing Windows; Short: Consent; Documentary: Born into Brothels

Seattle Public Library, Seattle Reads, 2004: My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile — Isabel Allende


Celebrating the 2004 Mayor’s Arts Award recipients:

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas – Outstanding Contribution to the Community

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas has been the home of the African-American community in Seattle for over 100 years. It is the only local, nonprofit organization solely dedicated to presenting and supporting emerging Black art, artists and ideas in the Seattle area.

The Seattle Foundation – Outstanding Arts Philanthropy

The Seattle Foundation, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation, was established in 1946 to improve quality of life in the greater Seattle area. The Seattle Foundation manages nearly $1 billion in philanthropic investments. Together with its donors, the Foundation distributes millions in grants annually to thousands of diverse nonprofits locally, nationally and internationally in such fields as health and human services, education, environment and the arts.

Tim Summers – Unsung Hero, Outstanding Individual Commitment to the Arts

Tim Summers has been active in the Seattle arts community since 1980. He is a notable photographer and has served on the boards of multiple local dance organizations including Beyond Dance and the d9 Dance Collective.

Sub Pop Records – Excellence and Innovation by the Next Generation

Sub Pop Records is an independent record label based in Seattle and has long been an integral force in the Northwest’s vital, vibrant music community. The label’s dedication, flexibility, perseverance and creativity has allowed it to continually stand out as one of the most respected independent labels in the country.

Kent Stowell and Francia Russell – Special Lifetime Achievement

Founding artistic directors Francia Russell and Kent Stowell led Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1977 until their retirement in June 2005. During their tenure, Ms. Russell headed the Ballet’s school and Mr. Stowell served as Principal Choreographer. They have received numerous awards including the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Dance Magazine Award and ArtsFund’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, 2004.