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Our History

In 1997 a group of Chicago’s leading African American artists and arts organizations came together and formed a new organization; incorporated as the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. This organization embraced the history of the original 1977 Chicago Black Theater Alliance while expanding their scope to include diverse groups of artistic mediums which included theaters, dance companies, literature, visual and technical & design arts organizations, and individuals.

The AAAA is a non-profit service organization dedicated to promoting the performing, visual, literary, technical and design art forms! For almost 30 years, the Alliance has worked to increase the interaction, communication and collaboration within the Black Arts community to promote the continuing development of organizations and individual artists. With support from our advocates, artists and member organizations, the Alliance will continue to nurture the positive images of our members.

 

The Alliance is a reference and resource for our membership, media, advocates and friends for all Black Arts in Illinois. The Alliance is boldly stepping into 2021 with new vigor to engage our members, partnering arts organizations, individual artists, and businesses to help us identify the needs that the Alliance can provide and the community needs.

Board of Directors

Jackie Taylor
Jackie Taylor

President Black Ensemble Theater Executive Director

Runako Jahi
Runako Jahi

Vice President

Jackie_Williams
Jackie_Williams

Executive Director AAAA Chicago

Wendell Etherly
Wendell Etherly

Treasurer Playwright

Charlique-Rolle
Charlique-Rolle

Executive Director Congo Square Theatre

Chuck Smith
Chuck Smith

Associate Director Goodman Theatre

Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Goodman Theatre

Sydney Chatman
Sydney Chatman

Tofu Chitlin' Circuit

Vershawn Sanders-Ward
Vershawn Sanders-Ward

Red Clay Dance

Troy Pryor
Troy Pryor

Producer Perfomer