Nominations open for 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards; May 31st deadline

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards via an online form available at 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 four awards presented this year:

  • Cultural Ambassador: Awarded to an individual who has significantly contributed to Seattle’s arts and cultural community and raised the visibility of Seattle’s arts culture. May include exemplary work across disciplines (as an artist or as an administrator) as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture. Open to individuals.
  • Arts & Innovation: Awarded for originality, ingenuity and resourcefulness within the creative sector. Open to individuals and organizations. New category.
  • Cultural Preservation:  Recognizing the restoration and preservation of our local heritage. Open to physical preservation and/or cultural preservation. Open to individuals and organizations. New category.
  • Future Focus: Awarded to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in arts education and/or youth work. May be applied to a program for youth or by youth. Open to individuals and organizations (including youth).

“The arts are an essential ingredient of our society and our growing city,” said Mayor Murray. “The creative community is the beating heart of Seattle. Art helps us express our shared values and build bridges between us, regardless of our differences. I invite you to nominate someone who exemplifies the best of Seattle.”

Murray will honor recipients of the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, Friday, Sept. 4. The event is free and open to the public.

The nomination deadline May 31. 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 sponsor Chihuly Garden & Glass.

Previous recipients:

2014: Alan Chong Lau, MOHAI & Leonard Garfield, Path with Art, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Stephen Stubbs, Teen Tix

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 Ludeña; 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.