New York Foundation for the Arts Names 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

By: Dec. 15, 2016


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will honor Celebrated Painter, Sculptor, and Filmmaker Ida Applebroog (Fellow in Graphics '86, Painting '90); Distinguished Choreographer, Dancer, and Playwright Christopher d'Amboise (Fellow in Choreography '89); Award-Winning Playwright and Screenwriter Lynn Nottage (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting '94, '00); and Influential Arts Patron and Former President of the Board of Education Peggy Cooper Cafritz at its 7th Annual Hall of Fame Benefit on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 583 Park Avenue. The benefit will begin with a 6:30 PM cocktail reception, with a dinner and awards presentation to follow.

The glamorous ticketed event recognizes the sustained achievements of artists who received early career support from NYFA and the vision and commitment of enlightened patrons of the arts. Past NYFA Awardees include James Casebere, Anna Deavere Smith, Faith Ringgold, Zhou Long, Junot Diaz, Yvonne Rainer, Spike Lee, Ross Bleckner, Errol Morris, David Hammons, Terry McMillan, Christian Marclay, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Andes Serrano.

On the inductees, feminist visual arts advocate and NYFA Board Chair Judith K. Brodsky said: "I'm thrilled that NYFA is honoring Ida Applebroog, a fearless artist and feminist art heroine; Lynn Nottage, whose powerful, visionary work will soon hit Broadway; Peggy Cooper Cafritz, for her tireless championing of African American artists; and Christopher d'Amboise, a brilliant choreographer whose work continues the tradition of excellence started by his father, Jacques."

Applebroog, d'Amboise, and Nottage are all past recipients of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, which are individual unrestricted Grants made to artists who are living and working in New York State. These fellowships are not project grants, but are intended to fund an artist's vision regardless of the level of their artistic development.

"The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program has been a significant source of support for artists of all disciplines for more than 30 years," said Michael L. Royce, Executive Director, NYFA. "We're proud of the creative contributions our Fellows have made, and are honored to be part of their story," he added.

WHAT: 2017 NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit

WHERE: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10065

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

ADMISSION: Tickets are available for purchase here

Image: New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame Benefit 2016, Photo Credit: Carl Timpone/

ABOUT NYFA: The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we award $650,000 in cash grants to individual artists in all artistic disciplines. Our fiscal sponsorship program is one of the oldest and most reputable in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually. Our Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and support, and our website,, received over 1.2 million visitors last year and has information about more than 12,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.


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