YouthArts' New York Gala in the Met's Magical Temple of Dendur

The YoungArts foundation's annual gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday brought together cultural and philanthropic leaders to raise funding.   

Michael McElroy, a Grammy- and Tony-nominated performer, emceed the seated dinner at the museum's Temple of Dendur, which raised nearly $1 million for the organization. Raùl Àvila designed the event.  

Honorary chair Agnes Gund, gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Willhelm, Gillian Hearst, Emily and Mitch Rales, Jen Rubio and Stewart Butterfield, and Sandra and Tony Tamer hosted this year.   

The 2024 gala featured many of the city's most prominent arts philanthropists, including Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Jamie and Robert Soros, Katherine Farley and...

...Jerry Speyer, and museum leaders like Connie Butler, Max Hollein, Glenn Lowry, Anne Pasternak, Scott Rothkopf, and Franklin Sirmans.  

As expected, many artists attended: painter Mickalene Thomas; dancer, choreographer, and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov; artist and curator Derrick Adams; .....

....American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland; Carroll Dunham; visual artist Jonah Freeman; choreographer and director Bill T. Jones; KAWS and Julia....

....Chiang; José Parlá; conceptual artist Adam Pendleton; artist and photographer Laurie Simmons; playwright An  

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