WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2019) — Last night, Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and organizations and celebrate the District’s arts, humanities, and creative communities. The event was produced by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) and the newly created DC Creative Affairs Office.
“The Mayor’s Arts Awards allows us to showcase and celebrate the artists and makers who shape our hometown flavor and dedicate themselves to sharing their gifts with our community,” said Mayor Bowser. “I am particularly delighted to award this year’s Award for Distinguished Honor to Andy Shallal, who has built Busboys and Poets into hubs of creativity across the region that uplift and empower our artists and performers.”
For the first time, D.C. residents voted for award winners via online polling for the other 11 categories, including four new categories to help make the Awards more inclusive.
Photography by: Salah Djimbanaou, Antonio Hernandez, Adrienne Picciotto and James Canty