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Mayor's Awards for the Arts

Mayor Dan Sullivan, the Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission and the Anchorage Cultural Council have announced the honorees selected for the 11th Annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, in the following categories:

Outstanding Individual Artist: Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez

Kay Linton Volunteer in the Arts: Dr. Brian Saylor

Youth Arts Award: Emily Blahous

Lorene Harrison Award for Lifetime Achievement: Sandy Harper

Outstanding Arts Organization: Asian Alaskan Cultural Centery

Champion of the Arts: Rasmuson Foundation

The awards will be presented at a reception in the atrium of ConcocoPhillips Alaska on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature the presentation of the awards, arts performances, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Major sponsors for the event are ConocoPhillips Alaska, Anchorage Convention & Visitor's Bureau, and Support Services of Alaska.

Each year, the Mayor's Awards for the Arts recognize individuals and organizations in the Municipality of Anchorage who have significantly enhanced the artistic culture of our community through their talent, time, and support. Awardees are presented with framed certificates and newly-commissioned artworks by an Anchorage-area artist. This year’s award artworks are a group of metal prints by Mariano Gonzales, winner of the Outstanding Individual Artist award in 2010.

All nominees should be current residents of the Municipality of Anchorage, with the exception of the Individual Artist Award. In that case, the nominee must have produced the majority of his or her work while a resident of Anchorage. The categories include artists and arts groups from the performing, visual and literary arts.

To review prior honorees, click here.