August 22 – August 15, 2013
For the past twenty years MPAACT has brought world premiere productions to Chicago that explore the vast experiences of the African Diaspora. Through our mainstage productions, touring shows, and arts education programming we have touched lives throughout the region and the country. The 2011/12 season has been particularly fruitful. MPAACT has produced another outstanding season of world premiere productions garnering two Joseph Jefferson recommendations for outstanding quality of production with Shepsu Aakhu's Speaking in Tongues and Carla Stillwell's Bodies. Additionally the company is a double nominee for best new work (Joseph Jefferson citation) with Keith Josef Atkins' Last Saint on Sugar Hill and Shepsu Aakhu's Speaking in Tongues.
In support of performing artists across the country, we have also expanded our programming to include 30 new shows in our Solo Jams series and 2 new productions in our Extended Jams series. These programs greatly increase opportunities for artists venturing into the arena of production and they also mark a new era in MPAACT, an era that embraces our role as a mentor of artists and art-making.
In support of the quality of our work and the impact of our effortsThe Joyce Foundation has announced a challenge grant to MPAACT in the amount of $30,000. The Joyce Foundation has been a generous supporter of our efforts for the last five years. With this challenge grant The Joyce Foundation hopes to encourage our supporters to help us further our mission to nurture, and sustain Afrikan Centered Theatre, an artistic expression grounded in the many cultures and traditions of the Afrikan continent and its Diaspora. The Joyce Foundationwill match dollar for dollar all individual and corporate contributions up to $30,000.
We are excited by this opportunity and are endeavoring to reach the halfway point by June 30, 2012. With the support of individuals like yourself, we hope to meet this challenge and ensure a bright future for MPAACT as well as the artists and communities we support.
Today, you can make an immediate difference in the health and vitality of the arts. I hope we can count on you to assist us in meeting the challenge.
You can contribute to MPAACT in the following ways...
- Personal check payable to: MPAACT, P.O. Box 10039, Chicago, IL 60610
- In the lobby before or after any MPAACT production.
MPAACT is a 501(c) 3 not for profit corporation. All contributions are tax deductable to the full extent allowed by law.
With grateful appreciation,
We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!