Kathleen Turner and Delroy Lindo to be Masters of Ceremony at New York Live Arts 2017 Live Ideas Gala

New York Live Arts 2017 Live Ideas Gala, co-chaired by Sarah Arison, Slobodan Randjelovic, and Jon Stryker and with award-winning actors Kathleen Turner and Delroy Lindo as masters of ceremony, pays tribute to Live Arts' annual Live Ideas Festival. The Gala will take place at the Highline Ballroom, located at 431 W 16th Street, New York City on Monday, April 3 with a cocktail reception at 6:30pmfollowed by the dinner and program at 7:15pm.

The 2017 Live Ideas Award will be given to The Arcus Foundation, a change-driven philanthropy committed to reflecting diversity and engaging in global human rights. Marcelo Gomes, choreographer and Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre, will be honored. The evening will feature special performances by: Zebra Katz, John Holiday, Dapline!, YoungArts Alumni, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.

"Funds raised from the Live Arts Gala are crucial in ensuring that the organization continues to fulfill its mission as a place that supports and presents artists at all stages of their careers, serves as a site for the incubation of new works, and advocates for our New York community as one of the leaders in a global conversation asking the question: who does art speak for and how?" said Bill T. Jones. "The gala will celebrate our sixth season and our commitment to future generations of artists."

Members of the Gala Host Committee include: Laurie Anderson,** Sarah Arison,* Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mx Justin VivIan Bond,** Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer,** Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn & Gary Cohn, Joseph Azrack & Abigail Congdon, Kim Cullen, Terence Dougherty* & Pierre Duleyrie, Adam Flatto, Natalie Frank,** Eleanor Friedman, Agnes Gund, Helen* & Peter Haje, Stephen* & Ruth Hendel, Council Member Corey Johnson,** Bill T. Jones* & Bjorn Amelan,* Colleen Keegan,* Richard H. Levy* & Lorraine Gallard, Jeffrey & Wendy Liszt, Robert Longo & Barbara Sukowa, Barbara & Alan Marks,* Helen Mills* & Gary Tannenbaum, Randy Polumbo, Plant Construction, Matthew Putman,* Slobodan Randjelovic* & Jon Stryker, Alanna Rutherford,* Jane Bovingdon Semel,* & Terry Semel, Ruby Shang,* Cindy Sherman, Catharine R. Stimpson,* David Thomson,* Lana Wachowski and Diana Wege

*Board of Directors, **Honorary Committee

Individual tickets to the event are $1,500, or $5,000 for four tickets. Table purchases range from $15,000 to $25,000. For information about purchasing tickets and table to the New York Live Arts 2017 Gala, please contact Ali Burke at 212.691.6500 x377 or aburke@newyorklivearts.org. For updates, please visit the New York Live Arts website, (http://newyorklivearts.org/event/2017-live-ideas-gala/).

About New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation, and active engagement with the social, political, and cultural currents of our time. At the center of this identity is Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer. New York Live Arts commissions, produces, and presents performances in its 20,000 square-foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square-foot studios that can be combined. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people, and supports the continuing professional development of artists. For more information, please visit www.newyorklivearts.org.

Funding Support
Support for New York Live Arts is provided by Con Edison, the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Harnisch Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bancorp, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, The New York Community Trust LuEsther T. Mertz Fund, the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Wege Foundation.

New York Live Arts receives public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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