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2021 3Arts Awards

Monday, November 1
6:00pm – 7:00pm Central Time
Live on YouTube

Join us as we celebrate Chicago artists and over $1 million of artist support during our annual 3Arts Awards event. We are continuing a new tradition of sharing the event donations—because we are all in this together, Chicago. This year’s co-beneficiary is Free Street Theater, selected in honor of theater and teaching artists of all ages who light up every stage they grace.

Our event features ASL interpretation, audio description, and open captioning. Continue below for a program preview.

Join Us:

The event is free. Registration is required.
Registered attendees will receive a link prior to the event.





3Arts logo Free Street Theater logo
Donation: $
Please note how you would like your name listed: "e.g., Jane Addams. The Addams Family. Addams Corporation."



Planning to contribute by check or have questions? Please contact Mesha Arant at mesha(at)3arts.org or 312-443-9621.



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6:00pm - 7:00pm Central Time

Program Preview:


Speakers and performers will include:

  • Kimberly Manuel-Dickens, event co-chair and member, 3Arts Board of Directors
  • Acknowledgement by Santiago X
  • William Estrada, event co-chair, 3Arts awardee, and Artist Council member
  • Performance by Meagan McNeal
  • Meet the 2021 3Arts Awards recipients
  • Interview & Performance by Ivelisse Diaz
  • Special announcement by Cat Tager, chair, 3Arts Board of Directors
  • Closing with 3Arts staff



Thank you to:


Event Co-Chairs: William Estrada, Laurel Appell Lipkin, Kimberly Manuel-Dickens

Host Committee: Sandra Aponte, Michelle T. Boone, Penny Brown, Lee Buress, Jeremy Buxbaum, Katie Cangemi, Antonia Contro, Cheryl Cooke, Justin Cooper, Pamela Crutchfield, Nora Daley, Alicia Del Real, Amina Dickerson, Christine Donovan, Marcia Festen, Sharon Furiya, Denise & Gary Gardner, Dedrea Gray, David A. Gupta, Juana Guzman, Tracie Hall, Mia Khimm, Jackie Koo, Sabine Krauss, Rebecca Laskaris, Meg Leary, Lynn Lockwood, Nalani McClendon, Patric McCoy, Janine Mileaf, Huong Ngo, Eva Penar, Carrie Sandahl, Sydney Sidwell, Eva Silverman, Janet Carl Smith, Dusty Stemer, Phoebe Chandler Turner, Ellen Placey Wadey, Camille Wilson White, Amanda Williams, Folayemi Wilson

National Host Committee: Allyson Esposito, Anita Gonzalez, Lisa Funderburke Hoffman, Sara Kay, Irene Siragusa Phelps, Angelique Power, Judith Smith, Caitlin Strokosch, Jacqueline Terrassa, Sharon Ullman, Maysoon Zayid

Board of Directors: Amy Cochran, Remberto Del Real, Cheryl Desir, Katie Dowling, Alice DuBose, Whitney Hill, Thomas L. Holt, Erica Hubbard, Lisa Yun Lee, Kimberly Manuel-Dickens, Masum Momaya, Rose Parisi, Jason Quiara, Kathryn Simmons, Michael Siurek, Mel Smith, Cat Tager, Scott Wang, Acasia Wilson Feinberg

Artist Council: Dee Alexander, Matt Bodett, Richard Costes, Stephanie Diaz, William Estrada, Ayriole Frost, Emjoy Gavino, Meida Teresa McNeal, Andy Slater





Support listings are current as of September 23, 2021

Image: Ivelisse Diaz, 2019 3Arts Community Awardee. Photo by Christopher Costoso.