Mayor’s Arts Awards

Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the Eighth Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza.

We are excited to announce Phase Two of the Mayor’s Arts Awards application process. Nominations for this year’s awards were collected from a public web form throughout the month of July. The Center is thrilled to have received an impressive array of nominees representing different artistic mediums.

In Phase Two, nominees will be asked to complete a more in-depth application process, to collect additional information for panel review. Individuals may apply on behalf of themselves or another artist. Individuals who have not already been nominated may still apply.

Applications can be submitted online by visiting

Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 5:00pm

Only one application may be submitted per artist. The judging panel for the Mayor’s Arts Awards is comprised of previous winners, as well as a representative from the office of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. Phoenix Center for the Arts staff members do not participate in the judging process.

What do the criteria of “innovation,” “impact,” and “collaboration” mean?

Innovation: Creation of new work or reinventing old work. This might be working with new materials, new subject matter, or taking something old/published and re-working it.

Impact: This word is about audience – reaching audiences that may not be reached by traditional work. These might include audiences and/or communities that have been left out of, or not feel welcome in, mainstream arts & culture.

Collaboration: No fancy subtext here. As artists, more often than not, there is value working with other people, organizations, and/or communities in a unique way.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in nine areas: Culinary Artist, Dance Artist, Literary Artist, Music Artist, Theatre Artist, Visual Artist, Young Artist (age 12-17), Innovative Arts Organization, and DIY/Maker (new category

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