2019 Platinum PIAs are Becoming the Big Apple Awards

Clockwise starting from top left of the winners box area are the 10th Annual Platinum PIAs recipients including James E. Bartlett of MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), Mamedjarra Diop of Sunu Thiossane, Bruce Payne (founder of the Baruch College Arts Administration Master’s Degree Program) and Savion Glover of “Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk.”

Name Change of the PIAs is Coming, but First Our 2019 Winners!

Monday, April 1st, 20019 is the big day that the Platinum PIAs officially became the Big Apple Awards! but before getting into the breaking news about the Platinum PIAs name change it’s time to announce our incredible winners for 2019. A big thank you goes out to our judging committee of volunteers from the ArtisticPreneur Newsletter email list who put up with a rather large selection of nominees this year. It wasn’t easy, but after careful coordination and lots of back and forth, we now have the winners of the 10th Annual Platinum PIAs Awards Show (2nd online-only edition) all of whom are role models for being “ArtisticPreneurs who are Making a Difference.” The winners are James E. Bartlett of MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), Mamedjarra Diop of Sunu Thiossane, Bruce Payne (founder of the Baruch College Arts Administration Master’s Degree Program) and Savion Glover of “Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk.”

The PIAs Connection

Full disclosure: I have a connection to all of these winners. I did a graduate program final project about James’ MoCADA organization. I went to grad school with Mamedjarra. The graduate school program I went to was founded by Bruce (I also did a speaking engagement with him at one of the State Universities of New York). And finally, years ago I had the honor of documenting Savion in a performance he did at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations to all the winners. You all are definitely “Making a Difference!”

Which Brings Us To…

…The breaking news about the PIAs. After ten years of proudly using the name “Platinum PIAs,” this awards show is changing its name to better serve the community. More on the exact name chosen is coming soon!