Nominations are evaluated by a committee made up of NEA members, under the guidance of the NEA executive committee.

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Committee – 2019 – 2020

Vallerie Fisher (Chair), Washington
Reed Bretz, Michigan
Rudolph Burruss, Pennsylvania
Michael Harman, Utah
Tracy Hartman-Bradley, Nebraska
John Horrigan, Connecticut
Serena Kotch, New York
Robbie Kreitz, California
Anita Lang, Federal
Ruth Luevand, California
Gladys Marquez, Illinois
Ronald Duff Martin, Wisconsin
Julio Morales, North Carolina
Cecily Myart-Cruz, California
Lindsay Peifer, Minnesota
Jennifer Scurlock, Oregon
Angela Stewart, Ohio
Louise Stompor, Illinois
Ken Tang, California
Marilyn Warner, Florida

NEA Executive Committee
Lily Eskelsen García, President
Rebecca S. Pringle, Vice President
Princess R. Moss, Secretary-Treasurer
Eric R. Brown, Illinois
Shelly Moore Krajacic, Wisconsin
Robert Rodriguez, California
Christine Sampson-Clark, New Jersey
George Sheridan, California
Hanna Vandeering, Oregon

NEA Executive Director – Kim Anderson
NEA Center for Social Justice Senior Director – Rocio Inclan
NEA Human and Civil Rights Director – Harry Lawson, Jr.

NEA Human and Civil Rights Staff
Harry Lawson Jr., Director
Alexandria Richardson, Manager
Shannon Nephew

NEA Media Production Group
Stephen Chavers, Associate Director
Christine Cosenze, Darrius Green, Jessalyn Kiesa, Brian Washington, Rebecca Logan, Tim Reed

NEA Public Relations
Miguel Gonzales

Davóne Tines



Davóne Tines has come to international attention as a path-breaking artist whose work not only encompasses a diverse repertoire—from early music to new commissions by leading composers—but also explores the social issues of today. He received wide acclaim during the 2015-16 season for his breakout performances in the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Dutch National Opera; and at the Ojai Music Festival in works by Caroline Shaw and Kaija Saariaho which he performed with the Calder Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In summer 2019, Tines made his debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones based on the memoir of New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow. John Adams and Peter Sellars’s Girls of the Golden West was the platform for Tines’s San Francisco Opera debut, and he reprised his role in the work’s European premiere with the Dutch National Opera. Tines is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical musicians of color. He also received the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School.

2020 HCR Awards Honorees