Last night marked another first for Ailey, the launch of Ailey's Young Patrons Circle - a dynamic group of influencers ages 21 to 39 who are excited about being closely involved year-round with this world-class Company, while supporting Ailey's programs and new Artistic Director Robert Battle's vision.
In the Penthouse of The Standard, East Village, Robert Battle welcomed 100 guests including Steering Committee members Hannah Bronfman, Natalie Ginsberg, Sam Hamilton, Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, Jay Lundy, Honor McGee, Jenny Obiaya and Baruch Shemtov.
Check out photos from the event below!
"I know how the arts can inspire, as my world was forever changed when I witnessed the artistry of Ailey as a young person," said Artistic Director Robert Battle. "The Young Patrons Circle will be at the forefront of inspiring the next generation of arts enthusiasts, while also giving them the opportunity to have an impact on Ailey's future."
Led by the Young Patrons Steering Committee, members will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Ailey, with exclusive benefits and special opportunities connected to performances and other activities at the Ailey Studios.
"Ailey is a celebrated cultural institution in New York and the nation, to which we feel a special connection," said Honor McGee, a Steering Committee member who spoke at the event. "Ailey also deserves a world-class Young Patrons Circle, and we look forward to making it happen during this extraordinary time for the organization."
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently performing for audiences across the country in 27 cities, welcoming a historic new era led by Artistic Director Robert Battle. For more information about joining with Ailey and the best and brightest of New York City's next generation of cultural philanthropists through the Ailey's Young Patrons Circle, visit alvinailey.org/youngpatrons.
Photo Credit: Adriel Robah
Jay Lundy, Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, Hannah Bronfman, Honor McGee, Sam Hamilton, Jenny Obiaya and Baruch Shemtov with Robert Battle
Sam Hamilton, Jenny Obiaya, and Jay Lundy
Robert Battle, Jay Lundy, and Baruch Shemtov
Robert Battle and Honor McGee
Rebecca Ney, Adriel Saporta, and Alessandra Gotbaum
Rachel Libeskind, Henry McGee, and Adriel Saporta
Lynda Erbs and Robert Battle
Kristina Roddy and Kara Hollis
Kara Hollis, Rachel Libeskind, and Jay Lundy
Jenny Obiaya, Bennett Rink, and Curtistine Walden Hoes
Jenny Obiaya and Honor McGee
Jay Lundy, Honor McGee, Jenny Obiaya and Hannah Bronfman
Jay Lundy and Honor McGee
Honor McGee, Hannah Bronfman, Robert Battle, and Sherry Bronfman
Honor McGee and Kara Hollis
Honor McGee, Hannah Bronfman, and Robert Battle
Henry and Honor McGee
Emily Green and Erin Colman
Bennett Rink, Robert Battle and Henry McGee
Baruch Shemtov and Nick Gruber