The Wendt & Mayor's Arts Awards

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2022 Award Ceremony 


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Join us on May 12, 2022, at the Everett Performing Arts Center to celebrate Everett’s arts scene.

Doors open at 6 PM for social hour, the awards program starts at 7 PM.

Since we had to cancel the 2020 ceremony, we will have a double ceremony to honor the 2020 and 2021 award recipients.

Masks are required at this event per the venue’s COVID-19 policy. Thank you for understanding and respecting the theatre workers. Masks will be available at the door.

The 2020 and 2021 Award Winners

Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence

The Cultural Arts Commission selected Robb Hunt and DyShauntic “Monet” Bletson as the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence for their passion, creativity and inspiration within Everett’s arts community. Robb Hunt’s remarkable, decades-long career leading the Village Theatre has positively impacted countless lives through the arts. DyShauntic “Monet” Bletson’s passionate leadership and tireless work within the community has been an inspiration to all.  

Mayor's Arts Awards

Organization Making a Difference: 
Paws With Cause, for supporting people and animals in need through the arts. 

Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, for celebrating and promoting Black artists and Black heritage in Snohomish County. 

Arts Entrepreneur:  
Bill Zama, for growing the cultural vitality of Everett by empowering and promoting local artists.  

Alex Vincini and Amber Pulley, for advancing Everett’s nightlife and arts scene through their business, The Lucky Dime. 

Arts Educator:  
Britney Barber, for making Everett a funnier place and advancing the comedic arts through Everett Improv.  

Joseph Gudorf, for his artistic leadership in educating students at Everett Public Schools. 

Arts Catalyst:  
Jason Grim, for advancing the arts in Everett and playing a pivotal role in the aerosol art movement through his business, Jag Artworks.  

Pamela Hanes, for extraordinary leadership and devotion to the arts in the Delta neighborhood. 

Artist in the Community:  
Rosemary Jones, for artistic excellence and making Everett a more vibrant community through her art.  

Wolff Bowden, for artistic excellence and commitment to Everett through music, painting and poetry. 

About the awards

Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence
The Richard & Nancy Wendt Award of Excellence is given annually to a person or organization who 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 this year 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.


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.

For more information, email Tyler Chism at [email protected]