THE ARTS UNITE US.
HIDDEN VOICES SPOTLIGHT
Contralto Carol Brice’s career encompassed solo recital work, operatic roles, and Broadway performances. In 1944, she became the first African American singer to win the prestigious International Naumburg Competition. After joining the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1973, Brice co-founded the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company. She was accorded many honors, including an invitation to sing at the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941, and a Grammy Award in 1978 for her solo work in Porgy and Bess.
EDUCATION IS ACTIVISM:
DGF is focused on the intersection of social justice, American history, and the arts. Deeply inspired by the achievements of America’s hidden musical figures, the foundation is invested in doing research and educating the public about their remarkable stories of courage and persistence. From enriching our musical heritage to preparing the diverse pool of tomorrow’s vocal stars, DGF will positively impact how artists are valued in this nation, encouraging inclusive opportunity, access, and advocacy for the next generation.
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DGF is rooted in the belief that now is the time to increase our nation’s commitment to its artists, both past and present—for America’s future and for the whole world. In paying homage to the achievements of so many who have gone before while serving the real needs of today’s emerging artist singers, The Denyce Graves Foundation is giving back and paying it forward at the same time.