The African American Arts Alliance invites you to our 20th annual Black Excellence Awards—an evening celebrating Black artists, Black voices, and Black stories across all artistic disciplines.
The mission of the Black Excellence Committee is to provide recognition of professional African American artists for their achievements of excellence and creativity in the arts.
The committee has evaluated performances and works by artists across all artistic disciplines that were created or produced in the past season. In previous years, several artists in each category were nominated by committee members then voted upon. However, due to the shift caused by the pandemic we have shifted the nomination process to identify a single awardee per category whom the committee has identified as having exhibited artistic distinction.
Red Clay Dance and Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Paul Branton – Chicago Artist
Dr. Eve L. Ewing
Writer & Director
“The Master Comic”
Donn Carl Harper
The Black Arts & Culture Alliance of Chicago is proud to announce the nominees for the 2023 Black Excellence Awards. The Black Excellence Awards were established to honor the outstanding works of art by Black artists in Theater, Dance, Music, Film, Literature, Visual Arts and Digital Media communities.
Outstanding Dance Production
Praize Production, Inc., Call Her by Name
South Chicago Dance Theater, Memoirs of Jazz in the Alley
Red Clay Dance Company, Rest. Rise. Move. Nourish. Heal.
Celebrating Black Excellence in Dance, we are pleased to celebrate these incredible artists for outstanding choreography. The nominees for Outstanding Choreography are:
Tracey Franklin, Freedom at Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre
Joel Hall, Widows at Joel Hall Dancers & Center
Era Footwork Crew, Broken Heart at Era Footwork Crew
Taylor Edwards, Brandy Ford, Joshua Hopkins, and Trevon Lawrence, Deep Inside at Chicago Multicultural Dance & Hiplet Ballerinas
Starinah Dixon, Beautiful Love at M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Idy Ciss, Liberte' at Muntu Dance Theatre
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San Francisco, CA 94158
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm