Legendary actress Cicely Tyson and songstress Dionne Warwick have both maintained a consistent presence in entertainment throughout the course of their lengthy careers and next month, they’ll be receiving well-deserved spotlights during the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus week.
Set to take place at the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., this year’s 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts event will highlight the achievements of Ms. Tyson and Ms. Warwick, along with fellow entertainment industry icon Richard Roundtree. The program was organized in part by the CBC Spouses Visual And Performance Arts Scholarship program and CBCF President Shaunise Washington says they are proud to celebrate this years’ honorees not only as entertainers, but as strong leaders and advocates for the preservation of the arts.
“With a lifetime of entertaining and educating us, this year’s honorees have also distinguished themselves as remarkable leaders and passionate advocates for the arts and arts education,” Washington said. “Their outstanding contributions and continuing commitment to the arts make them ideal to help elevate the visibility of the CBC Spouses Visual and Performance Arts Scholarship Program. The awards are conferred on artists whose legacy includes not only extraordinary works but a commitment to cultivating future generations of artists.”
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The CBC Spouses Visual And Performance Arts Scholarship Program has funded 20 scholarships annually since 1996 through a selection process that includes a review of submissions from highly qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the arts. The lucky scholarship recipients are selected based on a host of criteria that includes financial need, academic excellence, creative talent and community service.
The 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts is scheduled for September 14.