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Mayor's Arts Award The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

2016 Recipients

Mayor's Award
Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016; Photo by Marcus Donner
Kabby Mitchell - Cultural Ambassador Award Recipient

Kabby Mitchell, III was a choreographer, educator and performer. Mitchell was a professor at Evergreen State College where he taught dance and African studies. He contributed his time to help programs that support the development of young urban dancers, and supported local art and theatre companies whose goals are to serve the underserved community through the arts. Kabby Mitchell passed away May 2017.




Mayor's Award
Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016; Photo by Marcus Donner
Hedgebrook - Arts & Innovation Award Recipient

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A nonprofit, their mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come.




Mayor's Award
Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016; Photo by Marcus Donner
Huong Vu - Philanthropy Award Recipient

For the past two decades, Huong Vu has been a philanthropy manager and curator. She is currently the Community Investor-Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement, Global Corporate Citizenship-Pacific NW Region at The Boeing Company. Vu leads Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Pacific Northwest Region arts, culture, and civic engagement grants portfolio. Her personal passions center on immigrant refugee rights, social justice, equity, and mentoring the next generation of leaders.




Mayor's Award
Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016; Photo by Marcus Donner
Annex Theatre - Legacy Award Recipient

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Annex Theatre is a democratic collective of theatre artists dedicated to creating bold new work in an environment of improbability, resourcefulness, and risk. For the last three decades, Annex has been an accessible laboratory for new writing and performance work in Seattle, generating dozens of world premiere plays and providing crucial early-career development for hundreds of artists.

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