Two individuals and four organizations have been chosen winners of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards, according to the office of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. They’ll all be honored at an Aug. 30 ceremony at Seattle Center, part of the official opening of Bumbershoot.
–Future Focus award: 826 Seattle (writing and tutoring center for youth)
–Cultural Ambassador: Barbara Earl Thomas (artist, major gifts officer of the Northwest African American Museum)
–Venture Culturalist: Frye Art Museum (founded 1952, houses collection of Charles and Emma Frye as well as contemporary artists)
–Arts as the How: Pongo Teen Writing Project (gives youth in jails, homeless shelters and hospitals a voice through poetry)
–Raising the Bar: Preston Singletary (glass artist, teacher, lecturer who combines Tlingit motifs with European glassblowing techniques)
–Artistic City: Seattle Repertory Theatre (founded in 1963, the Tony-winning theater is known nationwide)
Also noteworthy: The recipients were chosen from 600 nominations, a new record. A whole lot of artiness is going on in Seattle.