On Wednesday, May 29, the Arts + Business Council (ABC) hosted its 34th Annual Awards Celebration at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. The Awards shined a spotlight on Philly’s creative community, bringing together hundreds of top business and creative professionals investing in the future of arts and innovation to drive change in our communities.
This year, we were excited to award 10 honorees, ranging from business leaders, volunteers, artists, organizations, and partnerships. These honorees lead, serve, and inspire a more creative region, bringing a unique advantage to Greater Philadelphia.
The ceremony continued with an enthusiastic crowd cheering on the honorees. This year, ABC had a diverse and dynamic group of winners ranging from ex-aerospace engineers-turn-attorneys and biotech companies to creative agencies and Chief Financial Officers, including:
This year, we were proud to present entertainment written and performed by the award winners themselves. Opera Philadelphia’s John Holiday received a standing ovation for his performance, including a rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Philadelphia Young Playwrights put on a special performance of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ award-winning submission to the Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ (PYP) Annual Playwriting Festival in 1993.
The ceremony closed with a bang by awarding the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence to David B. Devan, General Director & President, Opera Philadelphia and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Playwright & Author.
Devan has strategically guided Opera Philadelphia through a transformative period of innovation, being called “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country” by Opera News and described as “a hotbed of operatic innovation” by the New York Times.
Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ plays and musicals have been performed around the world. The West Philly native is both a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, and has collaborated with a variety of renowned musicians, including Lin-Manuel Miranda.
We’re humbled to be reminded of all the talent that resides in our Greater Philadelphia region, and beyond amazed at the work our business community does to support the arts. The Awards Celebration was the perfect end to an amazing fiscal year for the Arts + Business Council. Thank you to all of our members and stakeholders for helping in our mission to catalyze a new framework to innovate by investing in and connecting the creative economy to the business community.