Honorary Co-Chairs Agnes Gund, José Parlá and Vanessa Williams

 Gala Co-Chairs Sarah Arison, Gillian Hearst and Sandra Tamer
Emceed by award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Josh Groban
Performance Directed by actress Zuzanna Szadkowski

Presented in Collaboration with Givenchy and UBS Financial Services, Inc.

What: On Monday, April 11, YoungArts welcomed over 250 of New York City’s top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados to the annual YoungArts New York Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. The festive evening celebrated YoungArts’ 40th anniversary and artists in the cultural capital of New York and across the nation. Presented by Givenchy and UBS Financial Services, Inc., the event was hosted by gala honorary co-chairs Agnes Gund, José Parlá and Vanessa Williams*, andco-chairs Sarah Arison, Gillian Hearst and Sandra Tamer.  The YoungArts annual New York Gala raised nearly $1 million to support artists nationwide.

The YoungArts New York Gala was emceed by Tony, EMMY and four-time GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Josh Groban and featured an elegant reception and seated dinner. Throughout the evening, a series of interdisciplinary performance vignettes were directed by actress Zuzanna Szadkowski* and featured a lineup of notable performances by Alexis Aimé*, Abdulrahman Amer *, Benny Benack III*, Nia Drummond*, Marty Jaffe*, Dario Natarelli*, Colin Stranahan* and Austin Zhang*. In the Temple of Dendur, guests were greeted by Josh Groban, who set a celebratory mood for the evening. During remarks, Sarah Arison spoke passionately about how YoungArts has stayed true to her grandparents’ vision of nurturing and supporting artists throughout their careers and creative journeys, and honored the artists YoungArts has awarded over the past four decades. José Parlá spoke on the importance of the organization in young artists’ lives and shared his experiences as a guest artist and mentor. Following remarks, guests were awed by a series of interdisciplinary performances, ranging from bombastic to reflective, which highlighted the creativity and resilience of the YoungArts artist community.

Who: Honorary co-chairs Agnes Gund, José Parlá and Vanessa Williams*;  and gala co-chairs Sarah Arison, Gillian Heart and Sandra Tamer welcomed guests including Derrick Adams, Paul Arnold and Wes Gordon, Lisa Benson, Ayodele Casel and Torya Beard, Sophia Cohen, Stuart Comer, Anna Deavere Smith, David Dechman and Michel Mecure, Natalie Diggins, Dana Farouki, Kate Fowle, Jake Goldbas*, Thelma Golden, Michi and Charles Jigarjian, Bill T. Jones, Irene Kim, Jason Kraus, Jill and Peter Kraus, Peter Kunhardt Jr., Jessica Lang, Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi, Suzanne McFayden, Dr. Joan Morgan, Dalia Oberlander, Nicole Ari Parker, Abby Pucker, Slobodan Randjelović, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Scott Rothkopf, Legacy Russell, Jean Shin, Graham Steele, Tony Tamer, Max Teicher, Henry Timms, Hank Willis Thomas and Rujeko Hockley, Jasmine Wahi, Daniel J. Watts* and Dr. Deborah Willis, Debi Wish, Tery Zucker.

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Temple of Dendur
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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