City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Nominations open for 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards
4/15/2014  10:00:00 AM

Nominations open for 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards
Awards celebrate contributions of arts and culture community to Seattle;
Nomination deadline is 5 pm, Thursday, May 15

SEATTLE (April 15, 2014)—Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards via an online form: The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. There will be six awards presented this year in the following categories.

  • Future Focus Awarded for making a difference in arts education and youth work. 2013 recipient: 826 Seattle
  • Raising the Bar Awarded for artistic excellence. 2013 recipient: Preston Singletary
  • Cultural Ambassador Awarded for exemplary work across disciplines, as an artist and as an administrator, pushing the field forward from all sides. 2013 recipient: Barbara Earl Thomas
  • City of Creativity Awarded for raising the profile of Seattle as a City of Creativity. 2013 recipient: Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Cultural Investment Awarded for investment in our cultural community by an individual, funder, business, donor, or professional development/service organization. 2013 recipient: Frye Art Museum
  • Social Justice Awarded for deep and lasting impact on areas that matter, such as race and social justice and social equity. 2013 recipient: Pongo Teen Writing Project

"The arts promote true prosperity," said Mayor Murray. "There is so much here in Seattle that is made better by our creative community. Arts help us express our values, build bridges between communities and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion or economic status. I invite everybody to think about who exemplifies these categories and nominate them today."

Murray will honor recipients of the 2014 Mayor's Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29. The event is free and open to the public.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. The nomination form is available online at For a print version of the form, contact (206) 684-7171 or

The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. Last year more than 600 nominations were received.

The awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, media sponsor City Arts magazine; and event sponsors The Boeing Company and Chihuly Garden & Glass.

Previous recipients:
2013: 826 Seattle, Preston Singletary, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Frye Art Museum, Pongo Teen Writing Project and Barbara Earl Thomas; 2012: Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio, KEXP 90.3 FM, Li Hengda, Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Buster Simpson, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, TilibSedeb (Singing Feet), The Vera Project, Olivier Wevers. 2011: Donald Byrd; Jack Straw Productions, Quinton Morris, On the Boards, Pratt Fine Arts Center and Tet in Seattle. 2010: Juan Alonso, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Dennis Coleman, Reel Grrls, Sergei Tschernisch, Velocity Dance Center. 2009: Artist Trust, Jesse Higman, Speight Jenkins, Northwest Tap Connection, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. 2008: 14/48: the world's quickest theater festival; Coyote Central and Marybeth Satterlee; Hugo Ludeņa; Nonsequitur; Cathryn Vandenbrink; Wing Luke Asian Museum. 2007: Clarence Acox, John Gilbreath and Earshot Jazz, Jean Griffith, Longhouse Media's Native Lens Program, Massive Monkees, Richard Hugo House,  Mimi Gardner Gates and Seattle Art Museum. 2006: Linda Hartzell and Seattle Children's Theatre; Michael J. Herschensohn and Northwest Folklife; Rainier Vista Cambodian Youth Program; Gerard Schwarz; family of visual artists Michael Spafford, Elizabeth Sandvig and Spike Mafford; Reggie Watts. 2005: David Brewster and Town Hall; Peter F. Donnelly; Sara Liberty-Laylin and Adams Elementary School; Alden Mason; The Tsutakawa Family: Gerard, Deems, Marcus and Mayumi; Pastor Patrinell Wright and Total Experience Gospel Choir. 2004: Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, The Seattle Foundation, Tim Summers, Sub Pop Records, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. 2003: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Arts Corps, Vinson Cole, Consolidated Works.

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