UDC News


March 30, 2009


University of the District of Columbia
Professor Judith Korey Wins 2009 Mayor’s Arts Award

Washington, D.C. – The University of the District of Columbia is proud to announce that Professor Judith Korey is the 2009 winner of the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts. Professor Korey received the prestigious award at the 24th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, which was held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and hosted by Mayor Adrian Fenty. The live event was held on March 23, 2009. The Mayor’s Arts Awards, the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia, pays special recognition to District artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons who have demonstrated excellence in artistic craft, education, and service.

Professor Korey was selected from among five finalists for the Excellence in Service to the Arts award, one of seven award categories. The categories, all announced live from the stage, were: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artists, the Mayor’s Awards of Arts Teaching, and the Mayor’s Award for Visionary Leadership in the Arts.

Professor Judith Korey, the curator of the acclaimed Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, is widely known throughout the arts community. For years, she has curated one of the most spectacular sets of jazz archives in the world, which includes collections of sound recordings, books, periodicals, correspondence, reviews, photos, and other forms of jazz memorabilia. She may be best known to the public for her passion in bringing jazz music to District residents through JAZZAlive events, live jazz performances that showcase outstanding jazz musicians and ensembles, including the UDC Jazz Ensemble and the Calvin Jones Legacy Ensemble from the UDC Jazz Studies program. University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms says, “We are delighted that Professor Korey has been honored with the Mayor’s Arts Award. It is a pleasure to see that her unwavering commitment and dedication to jazz and District residents has been recognized in the city.” Sessoms continues, “The UDC community is proud to have someone of her caliber among our faculty.”


The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Jackie Boynton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Alumni Relations, jboynton@udc.edu or 202.997.7161