On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities hosted its 33rd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, an event that celebrates excellence in DC arts across all disciplines. This year, the DC Commission also celebrated its 50th anniversary. The elegant and fun event, hosted by native Washingtonian and film/television actor Lamman Rucker, included the honoring of legendary DC Go-Go Band Rare Essence for lifetime achievement and Step Afrika! founder Brian Williams with this year’s Visionary Leader Award.
Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) was thrilled to receive the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education recognizing our positive impact on District residents across the city through arts education. YPT Artistic Director Farah Lawal Harris accepted the award on behalf of YPT, thanking the Mayor and the Commission for their support and sharing our belief that our students are brilliant and encouraging people to come and see upcoming performances to see for themselves. This is YPT’s second time receiving the city’s highest award for an organization of our kind, having received it previously in 2006!
YPT is truly proud to be recognized for excellence in arts education and thanks the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Mayor Muriel Bowser for the incredible honor. YPT will continue to fulfill its mission to help students realize the power of their own voices with excellent programming and professionally produced platforms for young writers and creators to share their inherently brilliant selves with the world!