An Affair of the Arts Gala, 2009
Benefits National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA)
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Glimmer Ballroom on the ocean
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Presentation of the 2009 Arison Award and the 2009 Alumni Award
This fantastic black-tie gala takes place at Fontainebleau Miami Beach and raises money to recognize outstanding young artists, provide educational enrichment and professional development assistance in their pursuit of the arts, and to raise the appreciation, support and awareness of the arts in America to ensure the nation’s artistic future. Co-chairs are Irma and Norman Braman, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and Judy and Sherwood Weiser. Tickets are $1,000 for preferred seating and $650 for general seating. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are also available. For information: Gala@nfaa.org.
NFAA is about dreams. For more than 25 years, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) has been dedicated to nurturing and supporting young artists as they pursue their dreams. Talent. Aspiration. Dedication. Hard work. Luck. It takes all of this – and more – to make it as an artist. The “and more” is where NFAA’s youngARTS program comes in. We provide support, education, and recognition to high school senior–aged artists at a critical time in their emerging careers.
NFAA contacts every high school in the country in our search for the year’s most talented artists. The artists come from a range of disciplines in the performing, visual, and literary arts: classical music, jazz and popular music, voice, dance, film and video, photography, theater, visual arts, and writing.
YoungARTS evaluates students against a standard of excellence for their discipline and age. Approximately 10 percent of the 6-8,000 annual applicants receive scholarships and awards. Of those, up to 150 students are chosen to participate in youngARTS Week, during which they are brought to Miami for an all-expenses-paid week of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, interdisciplinary activities, enrichment programs, interviews, and the final auditions. NFAA has helped many young artists realize their dreams and is proud of their role as a springboard to vibrant artistic careers.