LEGACY Awards Show The festival’s biggest highlight, the 2017 Celebration of Black Arts LEGACY Awards will be hosted at the Arts Bank. We pause during our month-long set of activities to celebrate the legacy that we are creating every day. On this night, we will honor four phenomenal contributors to Black literature, art, and community. Cocktail Attire.
Colson Whitehead, Award for Excellence in Literature
Bryan Collier, Award for Excellence in Visual Literacy
J. Donald Dumpson, Gamble and Huff Award for Excellence in Songwriting
Ukee Washington, Award for Excellence in Journalism in memory of Chuck Stone
About Art Sanctuary's Celebration of Black Arts Festival: Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts Festival (CBA) is one of the most prominent African-American literary and arts events in the nation putting the spotlight on black literary, visual and performing arts. Larry Robin of Robin’s Bookstore originally founded the event as a one-day gathering of literary scholars and authors over 30 years ago. After taking over, Art Sanctuary has spent over a decade transforming the celebration into a month-long festival showcasing the talents of African Americans of all ages, background and interests. This May, black art and culture will fill the city of Philadelphia with a month-long exhibit, community literary and performance events, author readings, and workshops for emerging writers and artists. This year is sure to be the biggest celebration yet! For more of the events in our 33rd annual Celebration of Black Arts Festival, please visit our Festival At-a-Glance page.