Phoenix Center for the Arts, in partnership with City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, announced the Eleventh Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Finalists. This year’s event will be held inside the Third Street Theater at Phoenix Center for the Arts on Thursday, October 12.

This annual fundraising event for Phoenix Center for the Arts is an evening dedicated to recognizing the positive impact of artists to our community, economy, and sense of hometown pride. Keeping with tradition, the awards presented by Mayor Kate Gallego will be created by the Center’s own talented teaching artists. Tickets are still available for purchase.

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Artistic leaders in the following areas will be recognized during the 2023 Mayor’s Arts Awards event: Community Innovator, Performing Artist, Visual Artistand Lifetime Achievement Awards. Finalists are chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and collaboration. This year’s amazing Mayor’s Arts Awards finalists include:

Carrie Curley

Cristóbal Martinez

Dennis Rowland

Grey Box Collective

Marc Gaston

Merrill Mahaffey

Miro Chun

Nicole L. Olson

Robert Sutz

Ruby Morales

Weidi Zhang

Yes And Productions

“We are thrilled to be able to host this community-driven and artist-focused event again,” says Phoenix Center for the Arts CEO, Sandra Bassett. “As an arts organization, we see everyday the life changing impact the arts have on people’s lives. This event is just one small way we can give back to those artists, and recognize the contributions they have made to innovate how arts experiences and arts education can be transformative for our community.”

Tickets for the 2023 Mayor’s Arts Awards are available now at

For those who cannot attend the event, but would still like to support, we encourage bidding on our silent auction, filled with lots of great items and experiences from local Phoenix-based businesses. The silent auction is open to all!

Event Information

Event: The 11th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Date: October 12, 2023

Hours: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $125 for VIP tickets, $75 for Reserved Seating, $50 for General Admission

Where: Third Street Theater, 3rd Street and Moreland, 1202 N 3rd St. 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