Grammy Award Winner Darius Brooks Receives Creative Arts Hall of Fame Award
CHICAGO, IL (September 13, 2022) – Darius Brooks will be inducted into the first class of the Chicago Creative Arts Hall of Fame. Media and special guests will join Bridge 22’s celebration of Chicago Independent Artist showcase on October 29, 2022 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, located on the Circle Urban Ministries Campus. “The Kehrein Center for the Arts, was created to provide a space for all creatives to share their gifts and express their creativity,” said James Borishade, CEO of Circle Urban Ministries.
Independent music, creative, visual arts and more will be featured along with the induction of Brooks into Chicago’s Creative Hall of Fame at the showcase. There will be a special performance from Darius Brooks & The Tommies Reunion, formerly known as, the award-winning Thompson Community Singers (also known as The Tommies). This event will benefit art opportunities for children at Circle Urban Ministries 501(c)3 and the Kehrein Center for the Arts (KCA). This event will also feature Chicago upcoming artists including Jasmine Marthel, Terrell Rachon, Cha’Nequa Hoskins, Dominique Borishade and Alvin White. “I’m excited about sharing the stage with some of Chicago’s new up and coming artists. It’s always a pleasure to see Darius Brooks and the Tommies! They are Chicago in a nutshell,” said Terrell Rachon.
Darius Brooks is a Grammy Award winning gospel singer and songwriter from Chicago. He is the former Musical Director of the late Rev. Milton Brunson’s Grammy Award winning Thompson Community Singers. After Rev. Milton Brunson passed in 1997, the choir eventually disbanded. Darius Brooks brought them back together again as Darius Brooks and the Tommies Reunion. They recently recorded new music in June 2022. Their latest single, My Mind’s Made Up, from that live recording, was released September 1st and is being played on radio stations across the country. “I’m honored to be inducted into the Creative Arts Hall of Fame. The songs I have written were heartfelt and all were testimonies unto God. I’m humbled that the world, young and old, have been touched by the lyrics,” said Brooks.
About The Kehrein Center
The Kehrein Center is a home for storytelling through the arts, animating and engaging the human spirit. Located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, this beautifully restored performing arts center is complete with a 900-seat theater, art gallery and community gathering place-one of the few major projects to occur on Chicago’s West Side since the 1968 riots devastated whole sections of the area.
About Circle Urban Ministries
Circle Urban Ministries is a Community Development non-profit organization working toward the day people in undeserved communities have a safe and healthy place to live, learn, and play. Circle Urban Ministries identifies deteriorating/underutilized community assets, partners with organizations to rehabilitate identified community assets, generates consistent revenue by renting the rehabilitated asset to community partner agencies who provide a needed community service, and reinvests the revenue into community programming including afterschool activities for youth and teens, as well as food pantry and crisis intervention
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