EVERETT, Wash. – Community members are invited to join the City of Everett, Mayor Cassie Franklin and Everett’s Cultural Arts Commission to celebrate the arts and honor the recipients of the annual Wendt and Mayor’s Arts Awards on Thursday, May 12 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.
This year’s event will feature a double ceremony to honor the 2020 and 2021 award recipients and will include local performers Britney Barber, Jason Webley, Oliver Elf Army and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. for social hour and the awards program begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome; no RSVP required.
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. Hunt’s remarkable, decades-long career leading the Village Theatre has positively impacted countless lives through the arts. Bletson’s passionate leadership and tireless work within the community has been an inspiration to all.
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.
Mayor’s Arts Awards
In recognition of Everett’s growing arts scene, the Cultural Arts Commission created the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor art educators, artists in the community, arts organizations and emerging artists who have made an impact on the Everett arts community.
The 2020 and 2021 Mayor’s Arts Award winners are:
- 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, Lucky Dime
- Arts Educator:
- Britney Barber, for making Everett a funnier place and advancing the comedic art 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
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, visit everettwa.gov/wendts.