35th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Televised for First Time

The Mayor’s Arts Awards were televised for the first time this year, as well as offered via “Park Up” at a drive-in at RFK Stadium.

The 35th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards virtually showcased dynamic performances and surprise guests — like an appearance from singer Mya — at its annual evening to recognize and honor the trendsetters of creative Washington.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Comedian Tommy Davidson, who served as the evening’s emcee. “Because that’s what arts are all about.”

In between musical appearances, theatricals, muralists, and acceptance speeches, his enthusiasm kept the night lively yet focused.

Mayor Muriel Bowser herself awarded the night’s Distinguished Honor Award, saying she was “proud to honor and celebrate DC’s arts and culinary community… and the heart and soul of the creative community,” with the honor going to Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl. “[She’s] not only serving up delicious Half Smokes… but lifting up the community.”

The event can be seen in its entirety here.

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