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Abena Joan P. Brown

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
It is all in divine order.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
It is all in divine order.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Abena Joan P. Brown was born on the South Side of Chicago. Brown was one of those rare individuals who was not only passionate about the creative arts, but also shrewd enough to see the need for organization. Over the years, Brown distinguished herself as a masterful businesswoman as well as an artist. With over one hundred-fifty professional theater productions to her credit, in addition to a Master's degree in Community Organization and Management from the University of Chicago, Brown was the driving force behind the 1971 creation of the eta Creative Arts Foundation, the only African American full service cultural arts collective in Chicago and the nation.

Her many honors included an Award of Merit from the Black Theater Alliance, The Paul Robeson Award from the Chicago African American Arts Alliance, the Governor's Award in the Arts and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Joseph Jefferson Committee. Brown was also cited as one of America's Top Business and Professional Women by Dollars and Sense magazine, and she was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame of Chicago in 1991. Always looking towards the future, Brown was committed to building eta Creative Arts Foundation. Her goal was to always provide a venue where the stories of African American people will be told "in the first voice" for generations to come.

Brown passed away on July 12, 2015 at age 86.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Abena Brown interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Abena Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Abena Brown talks about her family and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Abena Brown talks about her Catholic school experiences as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Abena Brown recalls her relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Abena Brown recalls her early interest in the arts and experiencing racism in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Abena Brown talks about her college experience and her start in the theater business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Abena Brown reflects on her experiences as a teenager growing up in Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Abena Brown discusses the importance and the activities of the social clubs of her youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Abena Brown talks more about the racism she experienced in college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Abena Brown talks about attending the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Abena Brown talks about her experiences at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Abena Brown recalls her early acting experiences and her participation in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Abena Brown talks about the origins of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Abena Brown talks about the similarities between New York and Chicago theater in relation to the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Abena Brown talks about the current financial state of black theater companies on the East Coast
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Abena Brown details the economic impact of white theater companies
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Abena Brown reflects on the ETA Creative Arts Foundation's twenty-nine year history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Abena Brown talks more about ETA Creative Arts Foundation's history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Abena Brown details the future expectations of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Abena Brown details more of the future plans of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Abena Brown talks about the legacy of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Abena Brown recalls her travel to Africa in the 1970s and the influence African Americans have on the arts