The 2013 Black Creativity Gala
Our 30th Black Creativity black-tie gala successfully raised more than $400,000 to support ongoing program activities. Highlighting this year’s Black Creativity programmatic theme, African-Americans in Innovation, the gala featured cutting-edge cultural contributions of African-Americans in the areas of science, music, art and cuisine.
A Fabulous Night
This year’s gala took place on Saturday, January 26. It was chaired by Myra Price, and co-chaired by the Honorable Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice; Merri Dee, AARP Illinois state president; and Connie Lindsey, executive vice president, Northern Trust Bank.
More than 700 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to view the annual Black Creativity juried art exhibition, showcasing approximately 100 original works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists around the nation. A new feature this year was a more prominent youth component, with artwork submitted from local high school artists.
NBC 5 Chicago’s Michelle Relerford served as emcee and DJ Lil' John, and Grammy®-nominated R&B group After 7, kept the crowd dancing all night long.