Wire*— Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the Seventh Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. This year’s finalists have been selected and winners will be announced at the event.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in seven areas: Dance Artist, Literary Artist, Music Artist, Theatre Artist, Visual Artist, Young Artist (age 12-17, also new!), and Innovative Arts Organization. Finalists are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and collaboration.

Mayor's Arts Awards

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Center for the Arts

Dance Artist: Angelina Ramirez, Carlos Montufar, Mary Fitzgerald

Visual Artist: Edna Dapo, Fortoul Brothers, Kevin Caron

Literary Artist: Andrea Aver, Anna Flores, Joy Young

Music Artist: Andria Bunnell & Las Chollas Peligrosas, Arian Nicole Muhammad
, Elly Hallagan

Theatre Artist: Amy Carpenter & Stacey Hanlon, Katrina Donaldson, 
Will Hightower

Young Artist: Abby Mintz, 
Anya Chaudhry, Madison Reeve
, Paula Ortega, 
Reva Chaudhry, 
Ruchi Ukhade, 
Sophie Harris, Thameenah Muhammad

Innovative Organization: CALA Alliance
, La Phoenikera, 
Spot 127, Youth Media Center

“I love working on the Mayor’s Arts Awards because they continue to evolve each year,” says Phoenix Center for the Arts Director, Joseph Benesh. “Without exception, the awards process has been modified each year based on input the panel of artists and community feedback. This year we added categories and tried to broaden the reach. We also tried to make the process more accessible by being clear that applications would not be judged on writing style or grammar. That seemed successful based on the number of applications we received. It only confirmed what many of us already know: Phoenix talent runs deep!”

Event Information
Event: The 7th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards
Date: October 11, 2018
Hours: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Tickets cost $75 per person or $750 per table
Where: Hance Park Urban Plaza, 1st Street and Moreland, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Parking/Transportation: Free parking is available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot. Enter on 3rd Street, just North of Moreland.
Presenting Organization: Phoenix Center for the Arts
Sponsors: The Constance W. McMillin Trust and the D. Miller Charitable Trust
Information: info@phoenixcenterforthearts.org or 602-254-3100

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