The Wendt & Mayor's Arts Awards

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2023 Award winners!


We are delighted to share the fantastic news that the following individuals have been chosen as recipients of the 2023 Arts Awards by both the mayor and the cultural arts commission.  

  • James Madison - Richard and Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence
  • DanVonique Bletson Reed - Arts Catalyst
  • Sara Coiley - Arts Educator
  • Christine Mitchell - Artist in the Community
  • Ayana Uriu - Arts Educator

About the award ceremony 


Join us on April 11, 2024, at the Everett Performing Arts Center to celebrate Everett’s arts scene. Come enjoy local performers, light refreshments, and a no-host bar. The event is free. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for social hour, and the awards program starts at 7 p.m.

About the awards

Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence
The Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence is given annually to a person or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts throughout their lifetime. The award is named for Dr. Richard Wendt, who passed away in 2007, and his wife Nancy Wendt, who passed away in the spring of 2021. Following Nancy’s death, the decision was made by the Cultural Arts Commission – with the support of Richard and Nancy’s daughters – to rename the award to include Nancy’s name. From here forward, this lifetime achievement award will be known as the Richard and Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence to honor the legacy of these two remarkable people. 

Mayors Arts Awards

The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the many ways a vibrant arts community is created and sustained. Each year, the Cultural Arts Commission gives out several Mayor's Arts Awards to people or organizations that have made Everett a better place through their creative efforts, vision, or patronage.

Award nominations


Do you know someone in the community that has made a difference through the arts? If so, consider nominating them for a Mayor's Arts Award or the prestigious Richard and Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence.

Whether they're a local artist, arts venue operator, art educator, generous patron, or philanthropist - anyone that has improved the quality of life in Everett by contributing to the arts is worthy of a nomination.

Nominations will re-open in the fall of 2024.

Learn more
The Everett Cultural Arts Commission is composed of volunteer commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor. The mission of the commission is to initiate, sponsor, organize and promote cultural and artistic programs and services for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Everett community.