Elevation 2016 Preview - Elevation awards to be given at a festival of music, art and fashion

The Chicago Academy of Music (CAM), an artistic collective of master musicians, performers and educators co-founded by Jazz innovator Kahil El’Zabar and artist Lucy Slivinski announces Elevation 2016 and the first-ever Elevation Awards honoring Ntozake Shange and Sandro Miller for their contributions to the arts.

Elevation logo; image courtesy of Kahil El'Zabar

 Elevation 2016 is the annual music, art and fashion benefit for The Chicago Academy of Music that brings together renowned artists to intersect across their respective fields. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 18, at 231 South LaSalle, from 6pm-12am. A VIP reception will kick-off the evening followed by original live performances, a  fashion show and dancing along with the Elevation Awards presentation. Elevation 2016 will support CAM's  music and education programs and it's cultural initiatives.

The first-ever CAM-created Elevation Awards will highlight and celebrate two individuals and their contributions to the arts. Ntozake Shange is an American playwright, poet and performance artist  best known for her Obie Award-winning play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.” Her work mainly addresses issues of race and feminism. Sandro Miller, an international and Lucie Foundation award-winning photographer, is best known for his expressive images along with his 2014 project titled “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.” 

Ntozake Shange; photo courtesy of Adger Cowans

Elevation 2016 confirmed artists include visual artists Lucy Slivinski, Richard Shipps, Cleveland Dean, Slang, Lewis Achenbach, fashion designer Agnieszka Kulon and VJ Christopher Andrew. Music DJs for the evening include Terri Hunter from the Chosen Few and DJ Jesse De La Pena. Live musical performances include The Creative Art Music Orchestra with composer/conductor Kahil El’Zabar along with Elevation honoree Ntozake Shange.

Sandro Miller; photo courtesy of Sandro Miller

Additional musical guests include Grammy Award nominated and CAM Jazz master instructor Robert Irving III, along with a roster of CAM musicians, performers and educators across Jazz, Latin and Classical music.

“We at CAM are so proud to honor two legendary artists, acclaimed playwright Ntozake Shange and superstar photographer Sandro Miller with our first ever Elevation Awards. They have both truly uplifted the arts through their ground breaking creative contributions. We humbly invite all to this extraordinary gathering of who's who in the arts across Chicago and beyond,” said Kahil El’Zabar, CAM Executive Creative Director.  “We're all coming together to celebrate and support arts education, along with the positive future we can collectively contribute to our children. We urge everyone to attend Elevation Chicago, 2016. It's the ultimate super arts party that will truly make a difference and be remembered for a lifetime!” 

Kahil El'Zabar; photo courtesy of John Boehm

For information about Elevation 2016 and benefit sponsorship information visit chicagoacademyofmusic  and to purchase Elevation 2016 tickets visit Evenbrite 

 About Chicago Academy of Music

The Chicago Academy of Music (CAM) Conservatory is an artistic collective of master performers and educators committed to embodying, inspiring, and awakening a passion for creativity in music. The Chicago Academy of Music Conservatory offers exceptional musical training to both children and adults throughout Chicago. The unique curriculum and pedagogy allows highly accomplished professional musicians to share their extraordinary talents with both gifted and beginner students in the city.  CAM is located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood at University of Chicago’s University Church Chapel, in the heart of campus. Please visit:  Chicago Academy of Music

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