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The 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Ken Workman, fourth generation great grandson of Chief Seattle, blessed the occasion on Duwamish Land.

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The rare August rain evaporated and the sun began to blaze just in time for yesterday’s 15th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, which honored an inspiring slate of finalists. Hundreds of people from the creative community—artists, curators, organizers and administrators alike—convened at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre for the ceremony before gathering for a celebration above the Fisher Pavilion.

Founder of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly Assunta Ng won the individual Cultural Ambassador award and youth music education and mentorship nonprofit Seattle Music Partners won the Cultural Ambassador award for an organization. Northwest Film Forum executive director Courtney Sheehan won for Arts & Innovation, and creative catalyst and curator Leilani Lewis won the award for an Emerging Leader in the Field. 

We’ll be profiling all of these recipients next week, so stay tuned for a deeper look at what makes their work stand out. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from yesterday’s event.

All photos by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Ken WorkmanVivian Philips

Randy Engstrom

Harman Anastacia-Reneé

Quinton Morris Scott Gelband

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and Tracy Rector join Courtney Sheehan

Leilani Lewis Lewis receiving her award from Priya Frank

3rd Shift Dance