2020 Outstanding University Creative Activity Award Recipient
Illinois State University
This award is made to experienced faculty who have established a national/international reputation for creative work in their field. Creative contributions shall include, but not be limited to, the following: painting, sculpture, film, drama, musical composition, choreography of a dance, poetry, a novel, creative non-fiction, creative media programming. This award is not designed to recognize a single major work, but recognizes consistent and sustained contributions to the profession/discipline/field.
Professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum, Nana
"In my classes and workshops, people use their bodies, they sing, clap, dance, which person and its unique rhythmic patterns to make the whole group experience.
They leave the class, having learned
the importance of community
and the importance of their uniqueness within the community".
Ellen T. Blaney Humanities Award - Illinois State University (2023)
Outstanding Performance—AACT Region III (2019)
Outstanding Use of Music—ITA (2019), Outstanding Performance—ITA (2019), State Champion—ITA (2019)
Outstanding Original Work—Illinois Theatre Association (2019)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholar Award (2018)
ISU College of Fine Arts Outstanding Researcher Award (2018)
ISU West African Drumming and Dancing Ensemble (IWADDE)
Illinois State University West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble (IWADDE) is offered at the School of Music. The class was launched in 2000, a year after Dr. Aduonum came to Illinois State University. This is a hands-on class in West African drumming. No previous experience with dance or music is required. Open to all students.
University of Massachusetts (Amherst) performance. March 2020
Feminine Spirits Group, Bloomington, IL. June 2016