Mayor Durkan announces recipients for the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards
Recipients will be honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on
Thursday, August 30 at 4 p.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre
SEATTLE – Mayor Durkan announced the recipients of the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The award honorees are Tarik Abdullah, Paula Boggs, Fulgencio Lazo, Jorge Enrique González Pacheco, and Karen P. Thomas. All five recipients have shaped Seattle’s arts and cultural landscape through their contributions to the community, education, arts and race and social justice.
“Artists in Seattle inspire, and these artists represent the rich diversity of innovation and talent in our community,” says Mayor Durkan. “The arts are the creative soul of our city and reminds us of our humanity, history and our greatest achievements.”
The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize celebrates the people and organizations that broaden our horizons and humanize our city and our world. The winners will be honored at the Mayor’s Arts Award Ceremony on Thursday, August 30 at 4 p.m. at Seattle Center. Recipients will be presented with an original artwork award by local emerging artist, Tzyy Yi Amy Young.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot and One Reel with media sponsor City Arts and event sponsor Chihuly Garden and Glass.
For more information about the Mayor’s Arts Awards, including past recipients, visit http://www.seattle.gov/arts/mayors-arts-awards.
ABOUT THE 2018 MAYOR’S ARTS AWARD RECIPIENTS
Tarik Abdullah— Tarik Abdullah is a chef, artist, innovator, and community activist. His culinary creations honor traditions from North Africa and the Mediterranean; and inspired by the tastes and flavors of his childhood. Growing up in a Muslim family and broader community where ethnic foods were the norm, his artistry comes through not only in his food, but in his everyday interactions with people - sharing his passion for cooking with the younger generation by teaching week long summer camps called “In the Kitchen with Chef T”. Abdullah also appeared on ABC’s “The Taste,” a competitive cooking show on which he spent six episodes winning Anthony Bourdain’s favor, shortly after, “The MUNCHIES Guest to Washington State” on VICE, and more recently, a Visit Seattle and REVOLT TV co-production called Turning Tables, a new primetime series that connects music with food. He is a founding member of Black & Tan Hall, and a valuable member of the Hillman City Collaboratory.
Paula Boggs— Paula Boggs is a musician, public speaker, fundraiser and philanthropist. She is also a Board Member of numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations. Boggs and the 6-piece Paula Boggs Band traverse jazz, world, rock and Americana. Boggs is also a public speaker, volunteered for a presidential
campaign as national surrogate, serves on boards, and raises or gives money in support of many causes — including music education, KEXP’s New Home, veterans and civic engagement. President Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities where she served before resigning in August 2017. Her current civic and professional activities include serving on the boards of Avid Technology, Inc., Seattle Symphony; American Bar Association Board of Governors and Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University Advisory Board.
Fulgencio Lazo— Artist Fulgencio Lazo works predominantly with acrylics on canvas at his studios in Seattle and in his hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico. He has had more than 50 solo shows throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan and is represented by galleries in Oaxaca, Mexico City, Monterrey and Valle de Bravo. In Seattle, where he has lived since 1990, he is most known for his tireless work to create programs and spaces that are inclusive and reflect diverse audiences. He has co-founded some of Seattle’s most iconic traditions within the Latino community, including Seattle’s annual Oaxacan celebration known as Guelaguetza, International Children’s Day, and the Day of the Dead celebrations at many venues, including the Seattle Art Museum. Most recently he co-founded Studio Lazo, an organization of artists and community members creating a welcoming venue that especially showcases the creativity of Latino artists, writers and musicians.
Jorge Enrique González Pacheco— Jorge Enrique González Pacheco is a Cuban Poet and a Film Industry Professional. He came to the U.S. in 2003, living a couple years in Miami and then moving to Seattle in 2006. Jorge Enrique is the Founder and Chief Programmer of the Seattle Latino Film Festival (SLFF), a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. From 1995 to 2003 he worked at the well-known Cuban Film Institute in Havana as a first assistant director and a screenplay researcher. Gonzalez Pacheco has published five books, including the Spanish and English poetry edition, “Under the Light of My Blood” (“Bajo la luz de mi sangre”). His poetry has been translated into French, English and Portuguese. He has taught contemporary Cuban literature and Latin-American cinema in universities of the United States, Spain, France, and Mexico. In Havana, Cuba, 1996, Jorge Enrique received the "Delia Carrera Poetry Prize”. In San Francisco, 2015, he received a “HIPGivers Award” for his literary and entrepreneurial work, an award recognizing the philanthropic contributions of Hispanics. Through the SLFF, Jorge Enrique, in the 10 years of the festival has brought an art and social platform to Seattle where the non Latinx can learn more about Latin American societies.
Karen P. Thomas— Karen P. Thomas has served as the artistic director and conductor of Seattle Pro Musica since 1987. With Seattle Pro Musica, she has produced eleven critically-acclaimed commercial recordings and has received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. She regularly introduces new music, including new commissions from living composers, and makes adventurous programming decisions. Thomas has led efforts to make Pro Musica fully welcoming for LGBTQ individuals and accessible for youth and low-income residents of the greater Seattle area. As a board member of Chorus America, she has also worked to help choruses throughout the US become welcoming and safe places for trans and non-binary singers. In addition to her conducting career, she is an internationally-performed composer of choral, instrumental, and stage works. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Artist Trust, and numerous others.
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Paula Boggs and her band are currently recording with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Trina Shoemaker, who was nominated last year for BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM -- NONCLASSICAL. In an industry with few women producers or engineers, Trina stands out and earns respect the old-fashioned way -- talent, grit, endurance and never burning a bridge. The Paula Boggs Band, Sandy, Tor, Mark, Andrew, Jarrett and Paula are thrilled to work with Trina and return to Bear Creek to record six tracks between July 9-20th.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”[nextpage title="Read More"]
President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Kevin T. Hanretta, Appointee for Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness, Department of Veterans Affairs
Kevin T. Hanretta is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emergency Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a position he has held since August 2006. He concurrently serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness at the VA. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Preparedness at the VA. He has held various positions at the VA since 1999, including Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department. Before joining the VA, Mr. Hanretta served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1999, retiring as a Colonel. He received a B.S. from Siena College and an M.S. from Florida Institute of Technology.
Paula E. Boggs, Appointee for Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Paula E. Boggs is a Songwriter and the Lead Vocalist for the Paula Boggs Band. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Starbucks Corporation from 2002 to 2012. She was a Vice President at Dell Corporation from 1997 to 2002 and a Partner at the firm of Preston Gates & Ellis from 1995 to 1997. She served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington from 1988 to 1994 and was a Regular Officer in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1988. She is a member of The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, Peabody Institute’s National Advisory Board, a Director of School of Rock LLC, and is Secretary of the Board of KEXP Radio, an affiliate of National Public Radio and the University of Washington. Ms. Boggs served as a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions from 2010 to 2012, is a former Chair of Legal Aid for Washington, and was a board member of the Seattle Art Museum. Ms. Boggs received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.[nextpage title="Read More"]
Robin L. Diamonte, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Robin L. Diamonte is the Chief Investment Officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a position she has held since 2004. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing UTC’s global retirement assets. Ms. Diamonte also serves as the Chairwoman of the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets. From 1992 to 2004, Ms. Diamonte served in various roles at Verizon Investment Management Corporation, including Co-head of Company Direct Assets, Managing Director of Research & Strategic Relationships, Director of Research & Strategic Relationships, and Manager for Investment Information Systems. Prior to her time with Verizon Investment Management Corporation, Ms. Diamonte was Senior Coordinator of End User Computer Support at GTE Service Corporation. From 1986 to 1991, she held the position of Telecomm Specialist and Product Manager of Data Networking & Communication Products. Ms. Diamonte received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.
John Donahoe, Appointee for Member, President’s Export Council
John Donahoe is President and CEO of eBay Inc., a position he has held since 2008. Previously, he served as President of eBay Marketplaces from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Donahoe worked at Bain & Company in a number of roles from 1985 to 2005, becoming President and CEO in 1999. He is on the boards of eBay Inc. and Intel Corporation, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. He also served as a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Donahoe received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[nextpage title="Read More"]
Eugenio Piñeiro-Soler, Appointee for United States Commissioner, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
Eugenio Piñeiro-Soler currently serves as Vice Chair of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council and previously served as Chair from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Piñeiro-Soler has also served as Chair of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2012. During his 30 years of commercial fishing experience, Mr. Piñeiro-Soler has participated in the U.S. delegation to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the U.S. delegation to the International Whaling Commission, and the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. Mr. Piñeiro-Soler received a B.A. from the University of Radford and a J.D. from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Laura M. Ricketts, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Laura M. Ricketts is Director and a part-owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club, as well as Chairman of the Board of Chicago Cubs Charities. She is on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and is a co-founder and advisory board member of LPAC. She also serves on the advisory board of Opportunity Education, and is a member of the leadership councils of Lambda Legal and Housing Opportunities for Women. Ms. Ricketts received an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.[nextpage title="Read More"]
Reginald Van Lee, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Reginald Van Lee is an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he has worked since 1984. He was named Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton in 1993 and Senior Partner in 2003. He was appointed to serve as a Member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2009, is Chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Howard Theatre Restoration Project. Mr. Van Lee is a Trustee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation, a cabinet member of Habitat for Humanity International Cabinet, and sits on the Board of Fight for Children and The Washington Ballet. He is Chairman Emeritus of the board of the Evidence Dance Company. Mr. Van Lee received a B.S. and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.