The 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards were handed out Friday at Seattle Center’s Fisher Green Stage, and the six recipients ranged from individuals Alan Chong Lau and Stephen Stubbs to several institutions or organizations: the Museum of History & Industry, the Snoqualmie Tribe, TeenTix and Path with Art.
This is the second year Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture has organized the awards according to category.
Poet-painter Lau was honored as “Cultural Ambassador” for the variety of ways in which he “facilitates culture throughout Seattle.” They include not just his own verse and artwork, but being an arts editor for the International Examiner, an Asian-American newspaper, and working as “a freelance coordinator and curator around town.”
Stubbs’ “Raising the Bar” award honors pure artistic merit. As the founder of Pacific MusicWorks, Stubbs has created a major new artistic force in Seattle’s early-music scene, focusing on operas and oratorios.
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The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and its executive director, Leonard Garfield, received the “City of Creativity” award, acknowledging the museum’s accomplishments in “preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation.”
A “Future Focus” award went to TeenTix, an organization that helps “engage young people in civic life through the arts.” By making $5 tickets available to teens so they can attend events at 54 arts-presenting organizations, TeenTix aims to help teens become “empowered arts audiences, critics, leaders, and influencers.”
Path with Art won the “Social Justice” award for increasing access to the arts in another way. It helps adults battle homelessness, substance abuse and other troubles by providing them with “in-depth arts engagement and positive community connection.”
Finally, the Snoqualmie Tribe received a “Cultural Investment” award recognizing the $4 million-plus dollars the tribe has donated to more than 50 nonprofit arts organizations in Washington state, including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, EMP, Seattle Children’s Theatre and Longhouse Media, which helps indigenous people “use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change.”
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