Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch reports:
The recipients of 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards have been announced. There are 10 honorees this year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the awards.
The recipients are dancer-choreographers Li Hengda (American Asian Performing Arts Theatre and Hengda Dance Academy) and Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him); public artist Buster Simpson; theater organizations Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio and Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders; all-ages arts venue The Vera Project; alternative radio station KEXP 90.3 FM; LGBT film organization Three Dollar Bill Cinema; nonprofit literary organization Seattle Arts & Lectures; and Duwamish Tribe youth performance group TilibSedeb (Singing Feet).
As Mayor Mike McGinn notes, “This year’s award recipients reflect the diversity of arts and culture in our city and together demonstrate a commitment to access for all to enjoy and participate in the arts.”
The awards, which are non-monetary and don’t have set categories, will be presented at noon Aug. 31 on the North Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center. The ceremony marks the opening of Bumbershoot and will be followed by a free public preview of Bumbershoot’s 2012 Visual Arts Exhibits, 1-9 p.m. in the Seattle Pavilion and Fisher Pavilion. The festival proper gets underway Sept. 1.