Highlights of the National YoungArts Foundation Inaugural New York Gala at The Met

Honorary Co-Chairs Mikhail Baryshnikov and Plácido Domingo Join Artists, Philanthropists, Celebrities, and Alumni Celebrate 35th Anniversary and Kick-Off Week Long Festivities in New York City

Wednesday, April 4, 2016: New York City: The past, present, and future of visual, literary, design, and performing arts converged at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the National YoungArts Foundation Inaugural New York Gala.

The festive evening celebrated 35 years of the organization’s profound support and lasting impact on young talent in the cultural capital of New York and across the nation, as well as this year’s 819 YoungArts Winners, selected out of a record- breaking 12,000 applications—100 of whom hail from the greater New York area.

Presented in collaboration with luxury brand Swarovski, the event was hosted by honorary co-chairs and YoungArts artistic advisors Mikhail Baryshnikov, Artistic Director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) and renowned opera singer Plácido Domingo, as well as gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Agnes Gund.

The YoungArts New York Inaugural Gala was emceed by former Gossip Girl and The Knick actress Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and renowned choreographer and performer Desmond Richardson (1986 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
Throughout the evening, a series of interdisciplinary performance vignettes were presented by YoungArts alumni, including Julia Easterlin (2008 Winner in Voice), Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz), Jeff Picker (2007 Winner in Jazz and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), a (2013 Winner in Dance), Julius Rodriguez (2014 Winner in Jazz), among others.

In addition to underscoring YoungArts’ longstanding and still-growing commitment to supporting emerging New York artists features performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) and an exhibition at Sotheby’s New York.

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