Erin Corine Johnson
Emerging Legacy Award
Erin Corine Johnson is a multigenre flutist, a bilingual vocalist, an educator, and a cultural diversity advocate based in Madrid, Spain. Her social project, Project Afro(–), and its accompanying music and arts network, The Black Music Exchange, is dedicated to facilitating cultural exchange and authentic native instruction and, ultimately, to building new artistic bridges between Spain and North and South America.
Johnson writes, “I came to Illinois 1000% certain I would dedicate the rest of my life to music. What I found in those four years, however, was so much more profound than that. I found my reason. I found my voice, support and community, excitement, and lifelong friendship. Those four of the best and most formative years of my life gave me the strength and perseverance to pursue even bigger opportunities, some that I never could have imagined.”