Mayor Bowser Presents 34th Annual Arts Awards

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With Mayor Bowser and Director Angie Gates, the winner of the emerging creative award – Marco Kay. Photo: Courtesy of the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser

On Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and organizations and celebrate the District’s arts, humanities, and creative communities. The event was produced by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) and the newly created DC Creative Affairs Office. The Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor is presented to an individual, group, or non-profit organization whose contributions to arts and culture in the District have been substantial and consistent for at least 20 years. For the first time, DC residents voted for awards winners via online polling for the 11 other categories. The winners were: Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor-Andy Shallal; Excellence as a Community Arts Advocate-Vernard Gray; Excellence in Arts Education-DC Scores-Excellence in Media Arts-The Content Farm; Excellence in Performing Arts-Models Inc. Performing Organization; Excellence in Visual Arts-Katie Burk; Excellence in the Creative Industries-Ian Callender; Excellence in the Humanities-Herta Feely; Excellence in the Nightlife Economy-Marc Barnes; Visionary Leadership-The Kennedy Center; Emerging Creative Award-Marco Kay Photography; and The Larry Neal Writer’s Award-Xemiyulu Tapepechul.