The African American Council of the Arts 6th Annual Onyx Awards is a multi-faceted, educational arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts as a tool of enlightenment, personal development and tolerance for minorities and the disadvantaged through education, training, literature research, dissemination of information, job opportunities, the Onyx Awards and incentives.
AACTA was found by Victoria T. Bey, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has been involved in the arts in various capacities for more than 25 years. The AACTA Onyx Awards were established to acknowledge and celebrate the talents of African-Americans who participate in production in the immediate area. Participants are judged on their work as performers, dancers and technicians. The AACTA Onyx Awards is an annual event that gives out 25 awards for different categories in a play and several in a musical and the Rob Penny Lifetime achievement award as well as the pride of Pittsburgh award. Guest speaker was Andre Kimo Stone Guess.