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Metro Brief: Mayor Gray opens call for arts, teaching awards

District of Columbia

On February 26, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities recently announced a call for nominations for the 27th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards and Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching. The awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16.

 Artists and organizations are recognized in five categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Outstanding Emerging Artist, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, and Innovation in the Arts. The awards are limited to individuals and nonprofit (501c3) organizations that reside in the District of Columbia.

 The Mayor's Awards for Arts Teaching are limited to full-time arts teachers who are employed by a DC elementary, middle or high school. The three categories for arts teaching are Excellence in Teaching Performing Arts, Excellence in Teaching Visual Arts and Excellence in Teaching Language Arts. Teachers in all artistic disciplines (visual arts, music, theatre, dance or humanities-based) are eligible for nomination.

 A ceremony to honor nominees, finalists and winners will take place this spring at the Lincoln Theatre.

 To submit a nomination, please visit For more information, contact Steven Mazzola at or (202) 724-5613.

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