Celebration honors longtime promoter of arts in Everett

EVERETT — The city’s Cultural Arts Commission plans to honor the winners of the 2013 Richard Wendt Award and Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson has scheduled a celebration for 5 p.m. Thursday at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave.

This year, the 21st annual Richard Wendt Award of Excellence goes to Diane Wright, a freelance writer and former arts and entertainment reporter for The Everett Herald and The Seattle Times. She is honored for her commitment to the arts scene in Everett.

Wendt, who died 2007, was a longtime promoter of the arts in Everett. He helped found the city’s Cultural Arts Commission and the 1 Percent for the Arts program.

In recognition of Everett’s growing arts scene, the Cultural Arts Commission in 2010 created the Mayor’s Arts Awards. This year’s winners are Cascade High School art teacher and Schack Art Center volunteer Ann Morgan; painter, poet and Everett Poetry Nite promoter Duane Kirby Jensen; and young artists Aaron Coughlin and Bryan Bradley of the band “I Will Keep Your Ghost.”

“With several shows in Everett and Seattle under their belt, the electro-rock duo has managed to create a full sound that has made quite a splash in the last year,” said Ryan Crowther, founder of the Everett Music Initiative, in a statement from the mayor’s office. “With an album due out by the end of 2013, these two are sure to put Everett on the map in a major way.”

For more information about the Everett Cultural Arts Commission, contact Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager, at 425-257-7101 or cthomas@everettwa.gov.

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