Viv Vassar and Mary Campbell received an Acker Award from Clayton Patterson on Feb. 12, 2017 at Theater 80 in NYC for their work organizing Day de Dada Performance Art Collective events.  Day de Dada artist- Leslie Lowe also received an Acker Award for her art.

“The ACKER Award is a way to pay tribute to members of the avant-garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, and to those who have served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways.”

Clayton Patterson creates the award- a box which is decorated every year by a different artist. This year the artist for the box is John Gagliano @ Overthrow Boxing and includes a contribution from all 40 awardees.

2017 Acker Award Recipients-
Candy Darling Activism Award – Sur Rodney Sur.
Political Notice – Countess Alex Zapak.
Cartoon Illustrator – Natania Nunubiznez
Activist Playwright – Sarah Schulman
Art & Science of Boxing – Carlito Castillo
Tattooing – Friday Jones, Michelle Myles
TheaterActor – Mari-Claire Charba, Marilyn Roberts, Barbara Kahn, Lois Kagan Mingus
Music – Felice Rosser, Cheryl Pyle, Eden Brower & John Heneghan
Community News – Lincoln Anderson, Lucky Lawler
Art – Charles Mingus 3rd, Theresa Byrnes, Lucky Lawler, Leslie Lowe, Victoria Alexander, Agathe Snow, Zen Browne, Jane Dickerson, Istvan Kantor, Charles Schick, Regina Bartkoff
Writer – Jennifer Blowdryer, Shelley Marlow, Magie Dominic
Sexual Evolutionary.- Veronica Vera..
Feminist Porn Genre – Candida Royal
Photography – Toyo Tsuchiya, Jackie Ruden
Performance Art Collective Organizer – Mary Campbell and Viv Vassar
Community Support – Wendy Scripps
Science – Carter Emmart
ATrans Media Storyteller – Countess Alex Zapak
Video – Anne Hanavan, Joan Moossy
Composer Producer – Keith Patchel
In Memory 2017 Carmen Pabon, Miguel Pinero, Gary Azon,
In Memory 2016 Cups by Antony Zito




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