2023 3Arts Awards Celebration: For the Love of Artists
Monday, November 13
5:30pm Welcome Reception
6:30pm Awards Celebration (After party to follow)
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street
Tickets: $130 General Admission • $300 VIP Reserved Seating
Join us as we honor ten new 3Arts awardees who have been selected by national jury panels to receive $30,000 awards, ten Make a Wave artists who have been selected by past 3Arts awardees to receive $2,000 surprise grants for their indispensable contributions to our city, and five Next Level $50,000 award recipients, who are receiving a second award from our organization.
This community-wide celebration features energy-filled performances by Grammy Award-winning opera singer Will Liverman*; a dance production by critically-acclaimed choreographer Stephanie Martinez (founder of PARA.MAR Dance Theatre); and a grand finale led by Chicago’s inaugural poet laureate, avery r. young, joined by an “all-star band” of past 3Arts awardees, including JoVia Armstrong, Caitlin Edwards, Meagan McNeal, Bethany Thomas, Sam Thousand, and more.
This event features ASL interpreters, audio description, real-time and video captioning, tactile mapping, large print programs, personal assistants, and accessible seating.
Video: Behind the scenes of the making of A Fly First Choice by Cecil McDonald, Jr.
About the 3Arts Awards
The 3Arts Awards express our gratitude to Chicago’s artists for their indisputable contributions to the health and vibrancy of our city. Every year, ten artists who live and work in the six-county metropolitan area receive unrestricted $30,000 awards in dance, music, teaching arts, theater, and visual arts. Artists may use the award in any way that makes a difference to their lives and careers, including paying off debt, purchasing equipment, hiring collaborators, producing new work, and saving for the future.
We invite you to read two reports that compile reflections from artists who have received a 3Arts Award:
3Arts awardees are selected through a nomination and jury process. More than 100 artists are nominated annually by at least 35 anonymous local nominators--artists, curators, presenters, and advocates--who are acutely knowledgeable about the breadth of artists working in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area.
After the nominees have completed our online application process, five national, discipline-specific panels of judges convene to select ten awardees from the pool. 3Arts requires judges to disclose conflicts of interest as part of the selection process. If a strong personal or professional relationship exists between a judge and a nominated artist that might be an impediment to the integrity of the process, a full recusal from the discussion and vote is implemented.
In honor of the time and energy it takes to apply, all artists who submit an application will receive a $100 honorarium.
The recipients of 2023 3Arts Awards will be announced this fall. We express our gratitude to this year's distinguished jury panelists.
Richard CostesTheater Artist and Accessibility Consultant Walder Foundation Awardee
Richard Costes is a deaf actor of color who has also worked as a director, playwright, and accessibility consultant. Richard grew up near Youngstown, Ohio where he graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies. …
Laksha DantranBharatanatyam Artist HMS Fund Awardee
Laksha Dantran is rooted in the forms of Indian classical dance and theater. Her choreography and direction focus on bringing out the natural expression of herself and the artists with whom she works. She has received critical acclaim as a …
Ivelisse DiazAfro-Puerto Rican Dancer, Musician, and Educator Community Awardee
Ivelisse “Bombera de Corazón” Diaz was born and raised in Humboldt Park, the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. At the young age of five, she began studying Bomba under the mentorship of her beloved uncle Eli S. Rodriguez, a …
Damon LocksMusician, Educator, and Visual Artist Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and vocalist/musician. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in fine arts. Since 2014 he has been working with the Prison and Neighborhood Arts/Education …
Stephanie DiazActor and Puppetry Artist SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Awardee
Stephanie Diaz is an actor and puppetry artist. Her acting credits include work in Chicago at Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, The Gift Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater, and regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare …
Jumaane TaylorTap Dancer Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee
Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing since the age of seven and made his professional debut in 2001 with the tap company M.A.D.D. Rhythms. He has been part of the ensemble in Imagine Tap! (directed and choreographed …
Norman TeagueDesigner, Educator, and Artist Denise & Gary Gardner Awardee
Norman Teague is a designer and educator who focuses on the complexity of urbanism and the culture of communities. He specializes in custom furniture design and designed objects that deliver a personal touch and/or function. Past projects have included consumer …
Bethany ThomasSinger, Actor, and Songwriter RH, Restoration Hardware Awardee
Bethany Thomas is a performer known for her work in theater and as a genre-defying solo artist who's graced the stages of the majority of Chicago's rock venues. She is a regular contributor at The Paper Machete and has had …
Sam ThousandMusician, Curator, and Director Southwest Airlines Awardee
Sam Thousand (formally known as Sam Trump) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/writer, producer/composer and a 3Arts Award recipient with 15+ years of experience in live performance art, curation, and self management. Since picking up the trumpet at age 7, his artistry …
S̶A̶N̶T̶I̶A̶G̶O̶ XMultidisciplinary Artist Chandler Family Awardee
Santiago X, M.Arch, MFA is an Indigenous futurist and multidisciplinary artist specializing in land, architectural, and new media installation. He is an enrolled citizen of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Koasati) and Indigenous Chamoru from the Island of Guam U.S.A …
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