Submitted by ub on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 18:47

Mike Bloomberg's Arts and Culture Show invited City Island's Retumba to his annual PARTY!

The Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture is also graciously supported by
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., Michael Lynne and Bedell Cellars,
and Shai Tertner of Shiraz Events.

The Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture were created in 1976 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 artists, 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 Awards were presented almost annually until 1994. The Bloomberg Administration is proud to have revived this important tradition in 2004. For more information, please visit or call 311.

The NYC Handel Medallion was established in 1959 by Mayor Robert F. Wagner to honor “outstanding achievement in the fields of art and music.” Named for the composer George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), the award was first given at the Handel Festival, a series of 32 concerts held in New York City in 1959 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Handel’s death. The NYC Handel Medallion is New York’s highest award for achievement in the arts.

The Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission is mandated by the City Charter to advise the Department of Cultural Affairs on issues relating to the City’s cultural life. The current Commission, under the chairmanship of Agnes Gund, was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in February 2003. The Commission has provided invaluable guidance and expertise on a variety of critical areas, including arts education, capital financing, management and board development and marketing.