Phoenix Center for the Arts will 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.

2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards Finalists

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 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!

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