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27th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards Coming to Lincoln Theatre

9/4/2012, 1:18 p.m.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 27th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards on at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre.

In addition to revealing the winners in five arts and three teaching categories, the program will feature performances by acts that will include the Poem-cees, Nistha Raj, Christylez Bacon, the Rev. Nolan Williams, National Hand Dance Association, and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. Honorees for this year's event will be Melvin Deal, Paul Jorgensen and George Stevens Jr.

The Mayor's Arts Award is the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the city.

"The Commission is proud to present the Mayor's Arts Awards to honor the District's premier individual artists, arts organizations and patrons of the arts," said Lionell Thomas, executive director of D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "The diversity of artistic excellence displayed in this year's nominees highlights our city's rich artistic and cultural heritage."

This year's awards will be presented in the following categories: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artist and Mayor's Award for Arts Teaching (Visual, Performing and Language Arts).

Finalists were chosen by the Mayor's Arts Awards Advisory Jury comprised of prominent members of the District's arts community with expertise in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts and arts education.

RSVPs are not required but encouraged. Seating is distributed on a first come, first served basis. To reserve seats, please visit www.mayorsartsawards.eventbrite.com. For additional information on the Mayor's Arts Awards or other DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities programs, please visit dcarts.dc.gov or call (202) 724-5613.