Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of, music, dance and visual arts especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration. 

This year we are excited to announce the amount of the Washington Award will be increased to a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who will receive an additional $5,000.  Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony.  

The 2019 winners include Grand Prize-winning composer Reena Esmail and Washington Award winners Lauren Edson (choreography), Brittany Lasch (trombone), Ani Liu (interdisciplinary arts) and Victoria Manganiello (installation and multi-media arts). Each of these forward-thinking artists is pushing the boundaries of their artistic and performance practices. To learn more about the 2019 winners click here.

The Washington Award will be on hiatus.  Please check our website and social media channels for updates.


Award Selection Committee

Michael Djupstrom
Pianist, Composer and winner of the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize (2013)
Robert Dwyer
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Mary Early
Director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts
Sarah Ewing
Director, S.J. Ewing & Dancers
Philip Kennicott
Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post
Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer

Previous Winners

Taodo Arimoto
Otis Murphy
Ambassadors Award
Misako Inaoka
Visual Art
Dancer and Choreographer
Moto Osada


2019 Washington Award Winners with Dr. Sachiko Kuno
2019 Washington Award Ceremony
2016 Washington Awardees (Left to Right) Gilad Hochman, Seeta Patel, Maggie Finnegan, Karen Ouzonian, Saad Haddad
2016 Washington Awards Ceremony