Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, selected from a record 650 nominations from the public. They’ll be honored at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center, which kicks off Bumbershoot.
–Cultural ambassador: Alan Chong Lau, painter, poet, freelance curator/art-happening maker, and arts editor for International Examiner, an Asian-American community newspaper. He was represented by Francine Seders Gallery for decades, and his book of poems “Songs for Jadina” won a Before Columbus Award.
–City of Creativity: MOHAI and its executive director, Leonard Garfield. MOHAI, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year, has been led by Garfield for 15 years. In its new South Lake Union location, the museum continues to preserve and share the rich history of the Puget Sound region and the diverse communities that built it.
–Social Justice: Path with Art. Since 2007, this organization has offered ways to connect adults in recovery from addiction and homelessness with art and creativity. Path with Art offers art classes with 28 social-service partners such as Plymouth Housing Group, Recovery Cafe and Harborview Medical Center.
–Cultural Investment: Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. The Snoqualmie Tribe has donated more than $4 million dollars to nonprofit groups in the state, and supports arts and culture groups such as Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Longhouse Media.
–Raising the Bar: Stephen Stubbs. Musician/conductor/baroque specialist Stubbs founded Pacific MusicWorks in 2007, and the company has earned an international reputation for its presentation of early music and baroque opera. He’s artistic director of the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival and senior artist in residence at the University of Washington School of Music.
–Future focus: TeenTix. Working with more than 50 arts organizations, TeenTix provides $5 tickets for youth as well as leadership and arts-criticism training. Since 2004, TeenTix has sold more than 45,000 of those $5 tickets.