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2022-04-13 00:00:00 Avenue Magazine Inside the 2022 YoungArts Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Inside the 2022 YoungArts Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Guests grabbing pre-dinner cocktails in the lobby of The Met
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On Monday night, YoungArts held its annual New York gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary season.

The evening kicked off with cocktails in the Met’s lobby. Guests were serenaded with a performance by Jay Julio and Violetta Norrie in front of the museum’s Great Hall staircase.

Julio and Norrie at work
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Drinks were followed by a seated dinner inside the museum’s iconic Temple of Dendur. Throughout the dinner service, guests were treated to performances by YoungArts award winners, directed by actress — and 1997’s winner in Theater — Zuzanna Szadkowski. Meanwhile, Josh Groban, also a Theater winner (in 1999), acted as the night’s emcee.

The dinning tables in the Temple of Dendur
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Overall, the evening raised nearly one million dollars in support of artists nationwide.

YoungArts provides mentorship and financial awards to artists across the country, helping them pursue future careers in the arts. Click here to learn how you can offer your support.

Ericka Pittman, Nicole Ari Parker, and Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz
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Sandra Tamer, Gillian Hearst, and Sarah Arison
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Josh Groban, Nia Drummond, Alexis Aime, and Benny Bennack III
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Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Legacy Russell
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Joan Morgan and Thelma Golden
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Micahel Chuapoco and Derrick Adams
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Claudia Parla and Jose Parla
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Zuzanne Szadkowski
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Vernon Scott, Shoshana Sklar, Abby Castora, and Sophia Frilo
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Lisa and Emil Kang
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Irene Kim and Terry Zucker
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Hannah Traore and Rick Cappellazzo
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Jean Shin, Rebekah Lengel, and Tanya Reid
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Elyse Benenson, Lawrence Benenson, and Agnes Gund
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Austin Zhang and Abdulrahman Amer
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Maleek Washington and Daniel J. Watts
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Nora Halpern, Lisa Leone, and Nolen Bivens
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Hank Willis Thomas and Hank Willis Thomas Sr.
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Oti and Remi Roberts
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Bill T Jones and Bjorn Amelan
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Ayodele Casel and Torya Byrd
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