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Nominations now open for the 16th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards!!!!!


Open now through June 15, 2018

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s (ARTS) Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the people and organizations that broaden our horizons and humanize our city and our world.

Based on feedback from last year’s awards we are eliminating categories and are instead asking you to nominate a person or an organization who you think should be recognized and celebrated. Nominations will be evaluated by a panel comprised of Seattle Arts Commissioners and previous award recipients. Four awardees will be recognized from the pool of nominations. The panel will evaluate nominees based on the following aspirations below:

A Mayor’s Arts Award Nominee should ideally embody one or more of the qualities below:

  • A person (all ages and backgrounds) or an organization
  • Furthering for racial equity and social justice
  • Exemplifies artistic excellence
  • A leader in the field
  • Emerging artistic voice
  • Cultural Icon
  • Innovation incubator
  • Fights for arts in education justice

Vivian Phillips, chair, Seattle Arts Commission speaks at the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture 15th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center on August 31, 2017.
Photo by Marcus R. Donner

2018 marks the 16th year ARTS has asked the community to nominate the people and organizations that represent our city (past and present), our environment and our aspirations. You tell us who should be recognized for their work in community, in education, in the arts landscape and in living out our hopes for a more just and racially equitable society?

Recipients for the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced in July and celebrated on Thursday, August 30 at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony at Seattle Center.