3Arts Awards

Jun 21, 2012 | Music

The 3Arts Awards is one of the most important programs in Chicago in terms of what it contributes to the city’s artistic diversity and vibrancy.

3Arts is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. The organization has been really successful in creating programs that address the needs of these artists through all stages of their processes and careers in really smart, nurturing ways. They help with project funding, residency fellowships, promotion and other areas but the awards are a great cornerstone of their work.

Artists are anonymously nominated, jury-selected, and then awarded $15,000 cold cash no strings attached. The artists are completely free to use this award in a way that best meets their own priorities and needs. The award gives artists the time and space to take risks, explore, experiment, dream. The attendant visibility resulting from the award doesn’t hurt either. Hearty shout out to Esther Grimm, 3Arts Executive Director, and her great energy and clarity of purpose.

I’m so happy to have been asked to sit on the 2012 juror’s panel for the music category this year. Basically, it’s just an honor to be a tiny part of this important work…BUT! I get to join Billy Branch, Chicago Blues Legend and Portia Maultsby, giant in my home field of ethnomusicology and personal hero on the panel. Seriously. I get to be exposed to exciting new sounds created by some of Chicago’s best. Seriously.

Can. Not. Wait.




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