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26th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Honors the Best in D.C. Arts
At The Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Honorable Vincent C. Gray attending ceremony
Hosted by Legendary Choreographer, Dancer, Actor and Director Maurice Robert Hines, Jr.
With performance by special guest: ELEW

Washington, DC (March 25, 2011) — Washington, D.C. looks forward to celebrating the best of the arts community at the 26th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards.  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the Mayor’s Arts Awards on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. In addition to revealing the winners in five arts and two teaching categories, the program also features performances by acts including the Manzari Brothers, the Post-Classical Ensemble, and ELEW, creator of “ROCKJAZZ.”  The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Mayor’s Arts Award is the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the city.  A special Mayor’s Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts will be presented to The Jones Haywood Dance Company.

“For over a quarter of a century, the Commission has had the esteemed privilege of presenting the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor the District’s premier individual artists, arts organizations and patrons of the arts”, explained Ayris Scales, Interim Executive Director of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  “I am proud of the diversity of artistic excellence being awarded this year. This ceremony celebrates their accomplishments and the amazing impact that they have in the furthering of our City’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.”

The 2011 awards will be presented in the following categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artist and Mayor’s Award for Arts Teaching.  Finalists were chosen by the Mayor’s Arts Awards Advisory Jury comprised of prominent members of the District’s arts community with expertise in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts and arts education.

The 26th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards is a Millennium Stage presentation.  The Millennium Stage was created and underwritten by James A. Johnson and Maxine Isaacs to make the performing arts accessible to everyone in fulfillment of the Kennedy Center’s mission to its community and the nation.

RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis.  For more information about tickets and to reserve seats, please contact artsawards@dc.gov.  For additional information on the Mayor’s Arts Awards or other D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities programs, please visit www.dcarts.dc.gov or call 202-724-5613.

Finalists for the 26th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Excellence in Artistic Discipline
DC Jazz Festival
The Shakespeare Theatre
Step Afrika! USA, Inc.
Transformer, Inc.

Excellence in Service to the Arts
Capital Fringe Inc.
Capitol Movement, Inc.
Dance Institute of Washington
Kim Roberts
Mary Hall Surface

Innovation in the Arts
Contemporary Music Forum/VERGE Ensemble
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Company
The Double Nickels Theatre Company, Inc.
Solas Nua
The Studio Theatre

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education 
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
Critical Exposure
DC Wheel Productions, Inc. (Dance Place)
Joy Zinoman
The Washington National Opera

Outstanding Emerging Artist
Mia Feuer
Brian Wilbur Grundstrom
Natsu Onoda Power
Ryan Richmond
Eleanor Walton
Andrew Wodzianski

Finalists for the 26th Annual Mayor’s award for arts teaching

Excellence in Teaching Performing Arts
Kamil Hazel, Friendships Collegiate Academy Public Charter School
Thomas Pierre, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School

Excellence in Teaching Visual Arts
Nafeesah Shabazz, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
Elizabeth Wyrsch-Ba, J.O. Wilson Elementary School

October Millennium Stage Lineup is in – free daily performances at 6 p.m. Click here if you cannot see this e-mail
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Free performances every day at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Millennium Stage in October

Free performances daily at 6 p.m.

Watch the live Internet broadcast if you can’t make the show.

Fall is finally here and so are free performances every day this October on the Millennium Stage! There is a fresh variety of everything from local dance talent to children’s theater. The Local Dance Commissioning Project performances conclude a long summer of rehearsals. Don’t miss Kids Euro Festival 2010, starring some of the most talented European children’s entertainers. Check the website for the full schedule.

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October Highlights

Programs and artists subject to change.

NSO PreludeThey Might Be GiantsCartoon de Salvo

2 They Might Be Giants

The 2009 Grammy Award-winning They Might Be Giants rocks the Grand Foyer in a free, all-ages concert that celebrates the comprehensive redesign of ARTSEDGE–the Kennedy Center’s national K-12 arts education website.

8 NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach, piano

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach plays piano in an all-Beethoven program with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. NSO members Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osbourne, violin, Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Rachel Young, cello, also play. In the Concert Hall October 7–9, don’t miss Christoph Eschenbach conduct Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Christian Tetzlaff on a program that also includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

11 Hip Hop Dance Ambassadors

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs present an evening of breaking, poppin’, and lockin’ with dancers from Bolivia, Burma, Ecuador, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

14 & 15, 21 & 22, and 28 & 29 Local Dance Commissioning Project

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the D.C dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage. This year’s performances feature works by Angella Foster (10/14 & 15), Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp (10/21 & 22), and Mary Lane (10/28 & 29).

16–20 & 23–27 Kids Euro Festival 2010

Europe comes to Washington for the third annual celebration of European arts and culture for kids starring some of the most talented European children’s entertainers in more than 100 FREE performances all around the city, in cooperation with La Maison Française and the participating 27 member states of the European Union.

For more information, call (202) 467-4600.

Sorry, no free parking for free performances.

Take Metro to the Foggy Bottom/GWU station (Orange/Blue)

then ride the free red shuttle at the top of the escalators,

departing every 15 minutes to and from the Kennedy Center until midnight.

Coming Soon to the Opera House

The Public Theater’s new Tony Award-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! With a score including such enduring musical numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and the title track, HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 1960s and ’70s that changed America forever. Please note: this performance contains strong language, mature content, and brief nudity.
Oct 26-Nov 21 | Opera House

ArtsEdge is made possible by the U.S. Department of Education and the Verizon Foundation.

HAIR is made possible through the generosity of The Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.

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