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15 Years of Mayor’s Arts Awards

On Thursday, August 31st, the rain stopped and the sun came out for the Office of Arts & Culture’s 15th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. From beginning to end the event was exciting, filled with drama and it exemplified the Seattle arts scene. The love, gratitude, and multifaceted arts community came to celebrate the people and organizations that make Seattle a hub of creativity and innovation.

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15 years of Mayor’s Arts Awards by the numbers!

86 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients

Over 100 Organizations & Artists Honored!

Over 5,000 Nominations!

Over 8,500 attendees!

2 Civic Poets!

3 Mayors!

Innumerable number of sunburns!


Here are a few photos to remember the day by:

City of Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-ReneŽ Tolbert and former Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Ken Workman 4th generation great grandson of Chief Seattle, Duwamish tribe
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Assunta Ng
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Scott Gelband of Seattle Music Partners
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Courtney Sheehan, Executive Director of NW Film Forum,
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Leilani Lewis
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

The 2017 award designed and produced by Nao Yamamoto and Chihuly Garden & Glass
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Photo by Marcus R. Donner

Fun times at MAA 2017. Photo by Sunny Martini