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. Nominations for this year’s awards officially opened to the public on April 4, 2018 and will remain open until 11:59pm MST on May 4, 2018. Nominated artists will be asked to fill out a more detailed application in June to define and showcase their work. 

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

“We like to see work that is innovative, collaborative, and makes an impact on the people of Phoenix,” says Phoenix Center for the Arts Director, Joseph Benesh. “Excellent nominees are those emerging and/or in their early-to-mid careers.”

Nominations can be made online by visiting

“This year’s nomination form aims to be our simplest form yet,” says Benesh. “The two-part nomination/application process will help us not only cultivate a hearty pool of nominees, but will also allow the artists themselves to showcase relevant work.”