Photo: Nataliya & Johnnie Johnson | Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture. Presented since 1986, the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture recognize programs, individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts.
● Impact Award: Innervision – Through live and recorded performances and vocational training in many aspects of the entertainment industry, Innervision promotes personal services to aspiring broadcasters with disabilities. Johnnie Johnson, President of Innervision, is the Station Manager of Innervision FM, which teaches the business of music and radio broadcasting for the blind community and beyond. (Johnnie has also been a board member of COMBO for 12 years).
● Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award: Color of Conversation – Floyd and Stephanie Rance have produced “The Color of Conversation,” a highly successful film series through which they amplify the voices of the African American, Latino and LBGTQIA+ communities through purposeful conversations and thought-provoking films.
● Innovation Award: Edgar L. Page – Edgar L. Page comes from traditions celebrating the African Diaspora and legacies of Black Modern Dance. He centralizes on storytelling and narration in his work.
● Youth Award: Pop Culture Classroom – Pop Culture Classroom works with schools, youth-serving organizations, museums and many other partners to offer innovative arts education programming.
Videos highlighting the honorees can be found on http://www.ArtsandVenues.com.