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Award for Excellence in Diversity

The Excellence in Diversity Award, established in 2017, recognizes outstanding efforts in arts programming, projects, and/or scholarship to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The award may be made to either an institution or individual for demonstrated and significant advancement of diversity in non-profit institutions such as colleges or universities, museums or galleries, foundations, and/or cultural agencies, especially in areas related to including, embracing, and/or enhancing opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, religions/faiths, genders, differing abilities, and/or sexual orientations.

2020 WINNER

3Arts  

A risk-taking and responsive funder, 3Arts has distributed more than $3.4 million in total funding to more than nine hundred Chicago-based women, artists with disabilities, and artists of color through validation, promotion, residencies, project support, and unrestricted cash grants since 2007. The impact of this support is deepened and amplified by a groundbreaking artist-to-artist giving program, which erases the traditional gatekeeper by inviting each of the previous year’s 3Arts Award recipients to select another artist in their community to receive a grant, and by public platforms that connect artists and audiences. Led by Executive Director Esther Grisham Grimm, 3Arts’ mission and programs express a deep commitment to valuing identity in multidimensional terms acknowledging the intersections of disability, race, class, gender, and sexuality. Driven by an expansive vision of a society in which “art urges us to reflect on what it means to be human,” their work supporting and celebrating the distinctive voices of artists with disabilities has been particularly resonant, generating public and critical attention that challenges historic exclusion from critical and art historical discourse. 3Arts’ research and advocacy have also provided a road map for arts presenters, foundations, and residency programs in working toward equitable, inclusive practices and authentic access for audiences and artists.  

Jury: Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College, co-chair; Susan D. Zurbrigg, James Madison University, co-chair; Linda Earle, Temple University; and Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts. 

PAST WINNERS

2019 Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) 
 Jury: Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College, cochair; Susan D. Zurbrigg, James Madison University, cochair; Linda Earle, New York Arts Program; Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts. 

2018 Kellie Jones, Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University
Jury: Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College, co-chair; Susan D. Zurbigg, James Madison University, co-chair; Linda Earle, New York Arts Program; and Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts.