Ovation, with affiliate partner Comcast, honored Collaboraction, Chicago’s home for social-issue-driven contemporary theatre, at the Broadway Playhouse last night. The organization is the first recipient of Ovation’s Stand For The Arts Award in partnership with Comcast. The award includes a $10,000 contribution and acknowledges Collaboraction’s community engagement work, collaborating with artists, community activists and citizens from throughout the city to create original productions that explore critical social issues.
The ceremony began with a performance by Collaboraction and was followed by a panel with Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton in HAMILTON), Esther Grimm (3Arts), Dr. Marcus Robinson (Collaboraction) and Nena Torres (University of Illinois at Chicago Inter-University Program for Latino Research). The panelists shared their different experiences in the arts and brought their perspectives on the impact arts programs have on social issues.