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The Divine Impact Award

The Divine Impact Award (DIA) recognizes outstanding creative or scholarly achievement in the production, performance, or scholarly consideration of popular and/or American culture that exhibits exceptional contribution, longevity, originality, and impact. The DIA is named in honor of Harris Glenn Milstead, the actor, singer, and drag queen also known as Divine, a performer made well known through John Waters’s body of work.


2019: Matthew Buchholz
2018: Rabia Chaudry
2017: Jose Garces
2016: Randy “Now” Ellis
2015: Terry Gross
2014: John Waters

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