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Monday, March 24, 2014

Mayor's Arts Award

Shannon P Laws
Mayor's Arts Award
35th Annual Recipient
Bellingham, Washington

It is with great joy and thanks to our Mayor Kelli Linville and the Bellingham Arts Commission that I share with you my good news: I am a recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award, 2013.  Truly a once in a lifetime award! 

2013 was an outstanding year in the area of community literature and arts outreach.  Sparks of creativity, and the desire to extend past the coffee houses, birthed new events for our city.  Through events such as the international "Poets for Peace, Read-in, Write-on",  the FAB (Fairhaven Art Block) party, and the radio feature "Poetic Moments", poets and writers found new ways to bring encouragement, insight, and art to citizens.    

Bellingham is a city of artists, a city of poets, a city of musicians, and I am happy to be apart it.

Please join the other recipients, and me for the reception and awards ceremony 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30th at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Walton Theatre located at 104 N. Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.

Tore Ofteness - Photographer
Margaret Bikman - Entertainment News Coordinator
Laurel Leigh - Author and Editor
Jack Frymire - Opera Singer and Educator
Shannon Laws - Poet
Becky Elmendorf - Former Whatcom Symphony Orchestra President
Alan Rhodes - Community Columnist

The Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony is an annual opportunity for the Mayor to recognize individual artists and businesses, benefactors, arts organizations, arts community leadership, arts education or support, civic improvement and research, notable achievements and events, and those that have contributed to the arts in our community. 

Thank you

Old City Hall


  1. Congratulation, Shannon! You have worked so hard! Lovely photo of you, by the way. xoxo

  2. Thank you & congrats to you as well Laurel (my hero) ! When I grow up- I'd like to be you :)

  3. So happy for you and Laurel et al, Shannon!

  4. Congratulations to one and all. Alicia Jamtaas