VIRTUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION
JUNE 11, 2020
JUNE 11, 2020
ANNE D’HARNONCOURT AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
This prestigious award is bestowed upon an artist who has achieved national or worldwide acclaim, embodies artistic achievement and serves as an inspiration to the Greater Philadelphia region both as an artist and a leader. The honoree for this award will be announced by Arts + Business Council staff in 2020.
Playwright, Author, Educator, & Social Activist
For her numerous literary contributions, including Ladysitting and Black Ice, among others; her recent theatrical debut, My General Tubman; her founding of the nonprofit organization, Art Sanctuary; and her tenure at the University of Pennsylvania in the English and Africana Studies departments.
Writer, Author, & Journalist
For her contributions as a New York Times bestselling novelist, including the books Mrs. Everything and In Her Shoes, among others; and for her nonfiction commentary championing women.
G. FRED DIBONA, JR. INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
This honorable award is bestowed upon individuals in the Greater Philadelphia region who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, culture, or creative sectors. The honoree for this award will be announced by Arts + Business Council staff in 2020.
DR. CONSTANCE CLAYTON
Educator and Civic Leader
For her historic legacy as superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, board work with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and support of PAFA through a donation of 78 works by diverse artists
THE ARTS + BUSINESS COUNCIL LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award is bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate remarkable leadership, exceptional innovation, and a commitment to the community in Philadelphia. In 2020, ABC recognizes the following nine individuals, who were nominated by their peers and selected by the ABC Advisory Board.
Co-Founder and Producing Director of Arts & Learning, LiveConnections
For socially engaged music-making via commissions, artist residencies, music education, and concerts
Founder & Executive Director, The Colored Girls Museum
For outstanding dedication to women and girls of color, and providing agency and visibility for the practices and histories of artists often excluded from the canon
SARA JANE “SALLY” ELK
President & CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
For spearheading efforts to revitalize Eastern State Penitentiary as a space of both contemporary social education and art
President & CEO, Kimmel Center
For continued excellence leading the Kimmel Center, and launching new programs such as the Jazz & Theater Residency, the Education Strategic Plan for Growth and other initiatives
President & Business Principal, Fury Design
For his role as the Chair of the Clay Studio Capital Campaign, helping to raise $6.1 million to build a new home for the Clay Studio
Artistic Director, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts
For service educating over 30,000 students in the art of music for over 25 years
Executive Producer, ESM Productions
For contributions to Philadelphia’s creative economy through large-scale entertainment events and mentorship of small-business leaders
Founder & CEO, World Cafe Live
For innovation in founding and sustaining World Cafe Live as an independent venue, and partnerships with WXPN and the University of Pennsylvania, among others
LISA COLLINS VIDNOVIC
Founder & Director, Metropolitan Ballet Company
For cultivating a love of dance in young people, in particular through the Boys’ Scholarship Program and a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia
In its 35 years, the Arts + Business Council Awards have taken different forms to best recognize leaders who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities. Along the way, some award categories have been added to highlight specific verticals within our communities while other categories have been retired to make room for new, innovative ideas.
Sekou Campbell, Law Offices of Sekou Campbell | Volunteered with Individual Artist Rashida Holmes
Jonathan S. Ziss, Goldberg Segalla LLP | Volunteered with Individual Artist