A celebration of the Illinois creative community
May 22, 2023, 5-7:30pm
The Salt Shed
Thanks for joining us in celebrating the artists that inspire us, the cultural organizations that bring us together, and Arts Alliance’s work championing our incredible creative state!
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Thank you to our performers
SAM THOUSAND & THE SOUL VORTEX
Sam Thousand & The Soul Vortex brings a sophistication to the stage that engages & uplifts. Their show features original hits as well as unique takes on familiar grooves that are soulful, funky, & cool.
This summer ‘The Soul Vortex’ is releasing its debut album which was recorded LIVE at The Promontory in Hyde Park Chicago. The album is currently being pressed to vinyl.
‘The Soul Vortex’ frequents Chicago venues such as Dorian’s & Untitled Supper Club, has brought the party to many wedding receptions, and has partnered with various corporations such as lululemon, Volkswagen, American Institute of Architects, REI, & Chicago Ideas Week.
avery r. young
Co-Director, The Floating Museum
Chicago Poet Laureate
Chicago’s 1st Poet Laureate, interdisciplinary artist and educator avery r. young [him, him, his] is a Leader for a New Chicago 2022 awardee, a Cave Canem fellow and a co-director of The Floating Museum.
His poetry and prose have been featured in BreakBeat Poets, Teaching Black, Poetry Magazine and alongiside images in photographer Cecil McDonald Jr’s, In The Company of Black.
He is the composer and librettist for a new commissioned work from The Lyrics Opera of Chicago titled safronia. HIs full length recording tubman. is the soundtrack to his collection of poetry, neckbone: visual verses.
Revel Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor JB Pritzker
First Lady MK Pritzker
Bruce Finkelman & Craig Golden
16 on Center
Floating Museum, UIC School of Art & Art History, Chicago Architecture Biennial
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Abby M. O’Neil
Marilynn Kelly Gardner
Michelle T. Boone
Mimi de Castro
Tim Leahy, Jr.
Thank you to our sponsors
Abby M. O’Neil & D. Carroll Joynes
John Sirek & Colleen Loughlin
McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
The Joffrey Ballet
The Poetry Foundation
UIUC College of Fine & Applied Arts and UIC College of Architecture, Design, & the Arts
Anne L. Kaplan
Broadway in Chicago
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Old Town School of Folk Music
Quarles & Brady LLP
Sara Hopkins and Tim Leahy, Jr.