40th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate 40 years!

One June 1 we gathered to celebrate four decades of collective accomplishments, toast 40 years of honorees, enjoy performances from local artists, and envision what we will accomplish together in the future.

All proceeds from the event supported the work of the Alliance, to bolster the creative sector during this crisis and sustain artists and cultural organizations both now and into the future.

Questions? Contact Dimi Venkov at venkov@artsalliance.org or (312) 855-3105 ext. 4.

Celebrating All Previous Honorees of Arts Alliance Illinois

2021

Darren Walker
Michelle L. Collins

2013

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)
Yo-Yo Ma

2004

Norman R. Bobins
William Petersen

1994

Frank Galati

2019

Adnaan Hamid and Elissa Hamid Efroymson
Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera

2010

Joan W. Harris
Orbert Davis

2003

Henry Fogel
Mike Nussbaum

1993

Annette Perone Leiber
Shirley R. Madigan
Shōzō Satō

2018

Denise and Gary Gardner
Nick Cave

2009

Homer Hans Bryant
Pamela B. Strobel

2002

Governor George H. Ryan
Richard Franke

1990

Richard Hunt
Roche Schulfer

2017

Janet Carl Smith and Mel Smith
Renée Fleming

2008

Sandra Guthman
Tracy Letts

1997

Dennis Zacek
Geraldine de Haas
Joan Gray
Ronne Hartfield

1988

Haki R. Madhubuti

2016

Kirsten Kelly
Roque Sanchez
Jim* and Kay Mabie

2007

Christopher G. Kennedy
John C. Reilly

1996

Ella L. Jenkins
Peter Taub

1987

Quincy Jones

2015

David Hawkanson
Robert Zimmer

2006

Alene Valkanas
Hershey Felder

1995

Lou Conte

1986

Herbie Hancock

2014

Susan and Richard* Kiphart
Tarell McCraney

*In Memoriam

Hope Abelson • Mirron (Mike) Alexandroff • Irene D. Antoniou • Don Baum • Gwendolyn Brooks • John H. Bryan • Colleen Dewhurst • Richard H. Driehaus • Katherine Dunham • Roger Ebert • Fred Fine • Stanley M. Freehling • William Graham • Alice Ryerson Hayes • Eleanor King Hookham • Ruth P. Horwich • George Irwin • Morton H. Kaplan • Martha Lavey • Lewis Manilow • Carter Hugh Manny, Jr. • Danny Newman • Ed Paschke • Bernard Sahlins • Joseph R. Shapiro • Bobby Short • Hollis Sigler • Rita Simó • Gene Siskel • Joyce Sloane • Koko Taylor • William Warfield • Lois Weisberg • Jessie Woods • Rep. Sidney R. Yates • Stephen Yates • Joseph M. Zendell

 

Also presenting the Creative Youth Development Award, sponsored by Allstate.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Governor JB Pritzker

First Lady MK Pritzker

Event Co-Chairs

Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Facility, Cave Studio, Faust Associates & $oundsuit$hop

Christopher G. Kennedy

Chairman
Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.

Josephine Lee

President and Artistic Director
Chicago Children’s Choir

Myrna Salazar

Co-founder & Executive Director
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance

Katie Tuten

Co-Chair, CIVL & IL NIVA
Owner, The Hideout

Sponsors

As of May 25, 2022

Premier Sponsor

Benefit Sponsors

Michelle L. Collins

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)

Abby M. O’Neil and D. Carroll Joynes

Zell Family Foundation

Patron Sponsors

Joyce Chelberg

Chicago Dancemakers Forum

Choose Chicago

Columbia College Chicago

Goodman Theatre

Jack and Sandra Guthman

ITW

Chris & Sheila Kennedy

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Navy Pier

Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel

The Poetry Foundation

Carol Prins & John Hart

John Sirek and Colleen Loughlin

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

The Walder Foundation

Partner Sponsors

Anne L. Kaplan

Auditorium Theatre

Broadway in Chicago

ChiArts Foundation

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

CIBC

IFF

Ingenuity Incorporated

The Joffrey Ballet

Mesirow

Old Town School of Folk Music

Quarles & Brady LLP

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Cynthia Vahlkamp

Writers Theatre

Special Thanks

Questions about sponsorship? Contact Dimi Venkov at venkov@artsalliance.org or (312) 855-3105 ext. 4.

Host Committee

Mimi de Castro

Joyce Chelberg

Elissa Efroymson & Adnaan Hamid

Ginger Farley

Scott Fetters

Brooke Flanagan

Marilynn Kelly Gardner

Madeleine Grynsztejn

Jack and Sandra Guthman

Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)

Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim

Rebecca Laskaris

Jason Lesniewicz

Sylvia Neil

Abby M. O’Neil

Carol Prins

Mike Ross

Roche Schulfer

John Sirek

Helen Zell