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Winners of 2018 National Arts Program announced


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Arts and Culture

Founded in 1982, the National Arts Program encourages the creative talent of government employees to come forth and be recognized by the public.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture today announced the winners of the second annual National Arts Program Awards for City of Boston employees and their families.

“The National Arts Program is a great way to recognize City of Boston employees and their dedication to improving the City through their work, as well as their creativity,” said Mayor Walsh. “I enjoyed seeing the artwork displayed throughout City Hall, and I look forward to having it on display for the next few weeks.”

Founded in 1982, the National Arts Program encourages the creative talent of government employees to come forth and be recognized by the public. As part of this program, City of Boston employees and immediate family members were invited to display their art at Boston City Hall.

The exhibition is on display through December 7, 2018, in spaces throughout City Hall, including the the 2nd Floor Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery, the 3rd Floor Scollay Square Gallery, and the 5th Floor Mayor’s Gallery.

There are currently over 100 works of art showcasing the talent of employees who work for the City of Boston including the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Boston Public Schools and many other public agencies. On display are sculptures, paintings and photographs.

A reception and awards ceremony was held Friday at Boston City Hall. There were several categories of awards, including Adult Amateurs, Adult Intermediates, Adult Professionals, Teens 13-18, Youth 12 and Under, Art Education, and Best of Show. A total of $3,250 in cash prizes was awarded to participants.

The jurors for the National Arts Program Awards, Sean Cummings, Yelena Synkova, and Sam Belisle, were winners of the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards earlier this fall.

The jurors awarded the Best of Show prize to Hala Ashour, a Boston Public Schools employee. Other award winners included:

Adult Professional Category
  • First Place: Aneeka Cheema, Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Second Place: Cheryl Robinson, SPARK Boston
  • Third Place: Chris Plunkett, Boston Police Department
Adult Intermediate Category
  • First Place: Lenira Des Reis, Environment Department
  • Second Place: Sally Wattles, Budget Office
  • Third Place: Ziping Wu, Boston Public Schools
Adult Amateur Category
  • First Place: Jaqueline Perry, Boston Public Schools
  • Second Place: James Tran, Boston Public Library
  • Third Place: Sara Plowman, Boston Police Department
Youth Category
  • First Place: Noah Beyer
  • Second Place: Kamilla Martinez
  • Third Place: Rosy Landrum
Teen Category
  • First Place: Julian Martinez
  • Second Place: Hannah Wilcox
  • Third Place: Caroline Holloway
Art Education Award: Darryl Richards

National Arts Program Best in Show winner Hala Ashour with Chief of Arts and Culture Kara Elliott-Ortega and Mayor Walsh.

“The National Arts Program has given us the opportunity to shine a light on those whose creativity and artistic talent often goes unnoticed,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega. “By encouraging City of Boston employees to share their art, we’re expanding creative thinking into every single department in the City.”

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