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.
AkenyaVocalist, Pianist, Composer, & Arranger Walder Foundation Awardee
Akenya is a multi-genre vocalist, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her music is an eclectic synthesis of jazz, hip-hop, soul, pop, classical, and world music. A proud Chicago native, Akenya has performed and recorded with some of the city's leading artists …
Peregrine BermasTeaching Artist & Community Herbalist HMS Fund Awardee
Peregrine Bermas (they/siya/she) is a queer pinxy artist, energy worker, and capricornucopia living in so-called chicago; descended from mountains, oceans and raspberries, and humans whose creative inclinations led them to be teachers, entrepreneurs, caregivers, earthkeepers, excellent cooks, and medicine makers. …
Rozalinda BorcilăArtist, Creative Researcher, and Media Maker Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee
Rozalinda Borcilă is a Romanian immigrant, artist, researcher, and activist. She develops long-term territorial projects that combine analytic and embodied modes of artistic research, and take the form of publications, video essays, installations, media/web platforms, and experimental learning walks. Her …
zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o'nealMultidisciplinary Artist Gary & Denise Gardner Fund Awardee
zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o'neal’s work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family, queer identities, self interiority, and belonging. Within her projects there's an overlying theme of trying to make sense of, and complicating, what and who …
Miranda GonzalezWriter, Director, & Producer Walder Foundation Awardee
Miranda Gonzalez, born and raised in Chicago, is a writer, director, producer, facilitator, and consultant. She is currently the Producing Artistic Director at UrbanTheater Company (UTC) in Humboldt Park. Miranda has 20 years of experience in operationalizing anti-oppressive and inclusive …
Winifred HaunChoreographer Walder Foundation Awardee
Winifred Haun is the founder, choreographer, and artistic director of her own modern dance company, Winifred Haun & Dancers. Since establishing the Company in the 1990’s, Ms. Haun has created over 75 new dance works, including one full length ballet …
Nashon HollowayMusician, Vocalist, & Daughter of Griots BMO Harris Bank Community Awardee
With a name meaning “oracle,” Nashon Holloway was born to sing healing. National Public Radio refers to the Kalamazoo-born, Chicago-bred singer’s sound as “crisp and colorful” and her soulful jazz-tinged voice and guitar-playing as being where Jill Scott meets Lianne …
Simone ReynoldsCommunity Arts Educator & Interdisciplinary Artist Chandler Family Awardee
Simone Reynolds is a Black, queer Chicago South Sider, interdisciplinary artist, community art educator, and arts worker. Through the transportive mediums of music, theater, writing, and media, they lure the magic in the mundane of an everyday marginalized life and …
Omer Abbas SalemActor & Playwright SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Awardee in honor of Samuel G. Roberson Jr.
Omer Abbas Salem is an actor and playwright. As an actor, he’s worked at The Goodman Theater, About Face Theater, The New Coordinates, Steep Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Griffin Theatre, The House, Bailiwick Chicago, Actors Theatre of Louisville, …
Sarita Smith ChildsChoreographer & Teaching Artist Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee
Sarita Smith Childs is a Chicago-based choreographer and teaching artist. A native of Chicago’s West Side, Sarita is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she received a BA degree with concentrations in Dance and Economics.
Sarita began her training …
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