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Alliance Community,

With an exciting year planned, we’re growing, learning, and changing! As we are making some key changes to our website and our organization, we want to make sure that you're in the loop!

WE'RE GROWING

Over the past few months, we’ve been doing a lot of listening and planning. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and input on where the Alliance has been and where you want to see us go.

We're so grateful for your support and are ALMOST ready to share what’s new with the Alliance as we continue to impact our community. We will be right here every Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for all of the exciting things to come. In the meantime, help us to help you by updating your contact information today. 

 

 

BIG NEWS: NEW LEADERSHIP AND NEW VISION

We are excited to announce some important changes with our Alliance leadership. Last Fall, co-founder and then President Jackie Taylor and the Alliance’s Board of Directors appointed a new Board President, Charlique C. Rolle, and Vice-President, Vershawn Sanders-Ward, to lead the next chapter of the Alliance’s journey in supporting the Chicago Black arts and culture sector. 

 

 

BLACK ARTS MONTH ON SALE NOW

This October, the African American Arts Alliance presents its Black Arts Month programming, a series of public events highlighting Black artists from across Chicago, as well as industry-specific events for Alliance members. Public programming for Black Arts Month includes the following events across the city:

  • Monday, October 9 from 7-9 p.m.: Black Arts Month Kick-off and North Side Convening at Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark Street, Chicago)

  • Monday, October 16 from 7-9 p.m.: Black Arts Month South Side Convening at Retreat at Currency Exchange (305 E. Garfield Boulevard, Chicago)

  • Monday, October 23 from 7-9 p.m.: Black Arts Month West Side Convening at Muse Coffee Studio (747 S. Western Avenue, Chicago)

More details about the featured artists, companies and performances for Black Arts Month will be announced in September.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION

Registration for new individual, organizational, and affiliate memberships will open on September 1, and all new members who register by October 31, 2023, will receive 15% off their Alliance membership fee.      

 

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • Subscription to Alliances’s weekly eblast featuring Alliance news, featured events, resources and opportunities

  • Featured on the Alliance website, social media and inclusion in the Chicago Black Arts Directory

  • Membership Engagement Events  (including, but not limited to networking opportunities, affinity groups, collaboration sessions, featured member showcases, etc.)

  • Early registration access and discounts to Alliance Events and Programs (including, but not limited to Professional Development Series, Black United Series, Black Arts Month, Black Excellence Awards, and more)

  • Discounted access to Alliance member and Affiliate events and programs

  • Free listing for all organization's event, performances, job postings, auditions, etc. on Alliance website and social media

  • Participation in genre specific Black United Series (eg. Black United Theatre Auditions, Black United Dance Auditions)

  • Annual Black Excellence Awards qualification

  • Capacity and Professional Development Support for individual artists and organizational leader 

  • Participation in the Annual Meeting for Members (member-led topics)

  • Participation in Annual Black Arts Month Convenings (as available)

  • Qualification to participate in Black Excellence Committee (Individual Members)

  • And more to come...

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Charlique C. Rolle

President

Vershawn Sanders-Ward

Vice-President

Individual Memberships include:

  1. Individual artists across all artistic practices.

  2. Advocate members are individuals who are not practicing artists but are supporters of the arts who want to continue to engage with the Alliance.

  3. Student members muct be currently enrolled in a degree-earning program.

  4. Seniors (65+)

Organizational memberships are for those across all artistic disciplines that are Black-led, Black-owned, and primarily focus on or highlight black stories or feature Black artists.

Producing Affiliates are organizations that are are not Black-led, Black-owned, or primarily focus on or highlight black stories or feature Black artists, but whose programming includes and/or features Black stories or Black artists. 

NOTE: Please note that only the specific works created by, led by, or featuring Black artists can be considered for the Black Excellence Awards.

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