African American Arts Alliance of Chicago

The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago was originally founded in the early 1970's as the Black Theater Alliance by a group of artists, activists and community leaders. Its purpose was to raise public awareness of African American artistic achievement and impact in Illinois. Ignited in the spirit of the Black Arts Movement, the Alliance focused mainly on promoting Black theater development; supporting actors and musicians working on stage, paying recognition to the achievement of African American artists and technicians; as well as organizing the first city wide cultural celebration of African American arts in Chicago. In 1997 a group of Chicago's leading African American artists and arts organizations came together and formed a new organization; incorporating as the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. This organization embraced the history of the Black Theater Alliance while expanding their scope to include more diverse groups of artistic mediums. The Alliance was formulated as a service or

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