Phoenix Center for the Arts will present the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza. Priscilla Torres and Octavio Pulido, of Telemundo Arizona, will emcee this year’s event. The awards, designed by the talented artists of Phoenix Center for the Arts, will be presented by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The evening’s festivities include live performances, catering from Conceptually Social, beer and wine from Hensley Beverage Company, silent auction, and more.

The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in eight areas: Dance Artist, Literary Artist, Music Artist, Theatre Artist, Visual Artist, Young Artist (age 12-17), Innovative Arts Organization, and DIY/Maker (new category!). Finalists are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and collaboration. This year’s amazing Mayor’s Arts Awards finalists include:

Dance Artist

Susan Bendix

Bridgette Borzillo

Julia Chacon

Candy Jimenez


Tina Ferguson

Charissa Lucille Heckard

Lloyd Hopkins

Music Artist

Patrick Andrew

Downtown Chamber Series

Scott Helms

Amy Swietlik

Theatre Artist

Bobb Cooper

Brenda Foley

Matthew Saraficio

Visual Artist

Steven Ciezki

Jessica Garrett

Shachi Kale

Maggie Keane

Innovative Organization

Girls Rock! Phoenix

Lights Camera Discover

Warrior Songs Inc

Literary Artist

Rita Goldner

Erin Kong

Joel Salcido

Young Artist

Anya Chaudhry

Veronica Fedri

Sushmita Marella

Ruchi Ukhade

“It’s incredible to see such a collection of experience and talent represented in this year’s finalist group,” says Phoenix Center for the Arts CEO, Lauren Henschen. “The judging committee, comprised of previous Mayor’s Arts Awards winners, as well as a representative from the office of Mayor Kate Gallego, worked diligently to thoroughly evaluate each and every one of the many applications received. The inclusion of a new DIY/Maker category, added as a result of community input, enabled us to broaden our reach and truly capture the depth of creative talent here in Phoenix. We encourage arts supporters from all over the Valley and beyond to attend this one of a kind event. Those who attend the Mayor’s Arts Awards will have the opportunity to witness and celebrate the inspiring artists who contribute to making Phoenix a more vibrant and creative city, all through the power of the arts.”

Tickets for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards are on sale now at

Event Information

Event: The 8th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Date: October 10, 2019

Hours: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $125 for individual tickets, $1,000 for a table of 8

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

Information: or 602-254-3100