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About us

Our Mission

Kenya Thomas, Executive Director

Sonita Surratt, Acting Artistic Director

Nalani McClendon, Development Director

Beverly Harris, Technical & Administrative Director

Our Team

eta Creative Arts Foundation was incorporated in 1971 as a non-profit, tax exempt organization to provide training and performance opportunities for youth and adults.  In the past 48 years, eta has evolved to become a recognized cultural treasure not only in the city of Chicago, but nationally and internationally. The organization has a commitment to the production of new works that “tell our story” in the first voice.

eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION is a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation, and promulgation of African American aesthetic in the city of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the nation. Toward that end, eta Creative Arts Foundation provides professional opportunities through performance and on-the-job training for the development of both youth and adults as artists and technicians; through arts-in- education; residencies and original art by visual artists exhibited in eta’s gallery introduces and exposes the general public to authentic valid projection of African American life styles, experiences and aspirations as well as the opportunity to sale their work ON EXHIBITION.

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eta Creative Arts Foundation Funders

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