Nomination Form (May 15, 2018 through June 4, 2018, 5pm PST)

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s (ARTS) Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates the people and organizations that broaden our horizons and humanize our city and our world.

Based on feedback from last year’s awards we are eliminating categories and are instead asking you to nominate a person or an organization who you think should be recognized and celebrated. Nominations will be evaluated by a panel comprised of Seattle Arts Commissioners and previous award recipients. Four awardees will be recognized from the pool of nominations.

A Mayor’s Arts Award Nominee can be a person (of any age or background) or organization that embodies one or more of the qualities below:

  • Furthering racial equity and social justice
  • Exemplifies artistic excellence
  • A leader in the field
  • Emerging artistic voice
  • Cultural Icon
  • Innovation incubator
  • Fights for arts in education justice

2018 marks the 16th year ARTS has asked the community to nominate the people and organizations that represent our city (past and present), our environment and our aspirations. Tell us who should be recognized for their work in community, in education, in the arts landscape and in living out our hopes for a more just and racially equitable society.

Please note that previous awardees will not be awarded, and ARTS staff, Seattle Arts Commissioners, and event co-sponsors are ineligible.  
Recipients for the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced in July and celebrated on Thursday, August 30 at the Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre. The ceremony is free and open to the public and we hope you will join us in celebrating our cultural community!  


Office of Arts & Culture, City of Seattle


* 1. Please fill in this information as accurately and completely as possible either for an individual or an organization. Please make a separate nomination for each submission through this online portal. The contact information is desireable but not mandatory. 

* 2. Please tell us in 3-5 sentences why your nominee should be honored at the Mayor's Arts Award in 2018. We place a heavy emphasis on this portion. 

* 3. Additionally, place a check by the reason for why your nominee should be honored with a Mayor's Art Award? (check all that apply, and/or fill in the blank). 

* 4. How does your nominee further race and social justice in the city and in the arts? 

* 5. Thank you for your time in nominating someone. We would like to track the names of nominators and some additional information to inform our process. 

* 6. Have you nominated someone in previous Mayor's Arts Awards? 

* 7. Why do you value the Mayor's Arts Awards? 

* 8. The city has a commitment to serving diverse residents of Seattle. To inform how we are doing, please choose the race or ethnicity, including multiracial or multi-ethnic identity, that you would identify as and use the additional space to elaborate. 

* 9. Please list your gender identity.