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Phoenix Center for the Arts is excited to announce that the call for artist nominations are open for the 10th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at An annual fundraising event that recognizes artists in the Phoenix community, the Mayor’s Arts Awards (MAA) will be held on the evening of Thurs., Oct. 13, at Hance Park Urban Plaza. In collaboration with the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office, Phoenix Center for the Arts invites the public to nominate an artist that has made innovative strides to positively impact and integrate art with the communities of Phoenix.

Award Nominations will be accepted through and open to all community members to nominate a Phoenix artist or organization for excellence in the following award categories:
• “Jerry Lawson Memorial” Performing Artist Award
• “Dr. Eugene Grigsby” Visual Artist Award
• “Lou & Evelyn Grubb” Community Innovator Award
• Youth Artist Award

Nominations may be submitted by members of the public, or by the artists themselves. The only qualification required is that the artist is a city of Phoenix resident. MAA finalists are then chosen by a judging panel of community leaders using the criteria of innovation, impact, and integration.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards is an annual fundraising event that supports Phoenix Center for the Arts in its mission to provide arts and culture opportunities for all through education, programming, and advocacy. The event identifies outstanding arts leaders in the community in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, and multidisciplinary arts, as well as youth arts and community innovation. Funds raised at this event support hands-on opportunities in the community and at the center for all ages to participate in the visual and performing arts with year-round arts classes and engagement programs.

Submissions of nominations are accepted through 5 p.m. of Aug. 31. Finalists will be announced in September and winners will be awarded at the event on Thurs., Oct. 13. For more event information, visit or call 602- 254-3100.