Connecting Cultures Awards
Each year at Changing Worlds' Annual Benefit, our Connecting Cultures Award is presented to an individual or individuals whose work has helped advance arts, education and diversity initiatives across various professional and civic capacities.
Changing Worlds was proud to present its 2016 Connecting Cultures Award to Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Changing Worlds' 2016 Connecting Cultures Honoree:
Michelle T. Boone
is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), presents and promotes free festivals,
exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations each year in parks, the historic Chicago Cultural Center, and other venues throughout the city.
Before her post as Commissioner, Michelle was the Senior Program Officer for Culture at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, and prior to that, was the director of Gallery 37, an award-winning job-training in the arts program for Chicago youth. Her professional career includes working in television, film, and the recording industry, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad, Africa. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and a master’s degree in Public Affairs (nonprofit management major) from Indiana University, Bloomington.