About the Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture The Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture were created in 1974 by the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the cultural life of New York City. The Awards acknowledge and celebrate the role individual artist, art educators, cultural organizations, corporations and philanthropists play in the public-private partnership that sustains our City’s creative vitality and economic well-being. The Bloomberg Administration revived the awards in 2004.
The Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture Handel Medallion Presented to Harvey Lichtenstein On February 20, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg presented the Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture at New York City Center. Awards recipients included Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School Principal Anthony Armstrong; the Ford Foundation; Philip Glass; Edward Norton; the St. George Theatre; and artist Fred Wilson. The Mayor also presented the Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest award for achievement in the arts, to dancer and arts administrator Harvey Lichtenstein. The event was co-hosted by Whoopie Goldberg, and featured live performances by arts groups from across the City. Read more about the Mayor’s Awards. View images from the event.