HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS’ 2016 GALA MASQUERADE BALL RAISES $1 MILLION

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( ENSPIRE COMMUNITY ) HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS’ 2016 GALA MASQUERADE BALL RAISES $1 MILLION

On Monday, October 31, 2016, Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) hosted its annual gala benefit to support the school’s year-round visual and performing arts programming and initiatives. This year’s event, which raised $1 million for the school, transformed into a Halloween Masquerade Ball, was held in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel. Another year of fundraising to support an initiative that allows our youth to continue to explore and develop their artistic talents.   

Eric Pryor (President of HSA) and wife Monique Pryor

The celebrated artists and community leaders honored at the 2016 HSA Masquerade Ball were recognized for playing a pivotal role in arts advocacy, philanthropy and community leadership. Honorees included renowned singer/songwriter and pianist, Michael Feinstein who received the Dorothy Maynor Award; actor Sanaa Lathan  and her father, director/producer Stan Lathan who were both presented with the Visionary Artist Award; and Sandra L. Richards, author and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, who received the Betty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening also featured live performances by HSA students and alumni and a live auction hosted by auctioneer CK Swett. Others who attended the Gala included actor Leon, actress Tamara Tunie, Cicely Tyson and NBC 4 NY anchor, David Ushery was Master of Ceremony.

Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Michael Feinstein (Singer/Songwriter and Pianist), Tamara Tunie (Actress), and Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts)

Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Michael Feinstein
(Singer/Songwriter and Pianist), Tamara Tunie (Actress), and Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts)

Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Cicely Tyson (Actress), Sandra L. Richards (Author & Executive Director at Morgan Stanley)

Alexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair), Cicely Tyson (Actress), Sandra L. Richards (Author & Executive Director at Morgan Stanley)

The honorary committee included: Honorary Chairs Alicia Keys and Terria Joseph; Chairs: Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams, Alexander Smalls, Rona Sebastian & the Herb Alpert Foundation; and Vice Chair, Rodney Williams.

For over a half century, the Harlem School of the Arts has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people through world-class training in the arts.  HSA’s mission empowers young people from under-served communities in Harlem and throughout the city to find and develop the artist and citizen within themselves.  HSA’s environment teaches discipline, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence and adds a dimension of beauty to the lives of each student.

HSA stands apart among the premier arts institutions in New York City, as the sole provider of quality arts education in four distinct disciplines—music, dance, theatre and visual arts.  HSA boasts an impressive alumni base of Tony-award winning actors, celebrated operatic voices and jazz musicians, visual artists, dancers, and inspired citizens who cite HSA as the platform from which they launched careers in law, business and other professional fields.  HSA believes that all children deserve access to a quality arts education, empowering them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.  For more information about Harlem School for the Arts, visit www.HSAnyc.org.

Sanaa Lathan, Stan Lathan, ALexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair) and guests

Sanaa Lathan, Stan Lathan, ALexander Smalls (HSA honorary committee chair) and guests

Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts), Sanaa Lathan and Stan Lathan

Eric Pryor (President, Harlem School of the Arts), Sanaa Lathan and Stan Lathan

Eric Pryor (President of HSA) Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors)

Eric Pryor (President of HSA) Charles Hamilton (Chairman, HSA Board of Directors)

Alexander Smalls, Michael Feinstein, Cicely Tyson, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lee and Eric Pryor

Alexander Smalls, Michael Feinstein, Cicely Tyson, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lee and Eric Pryor

HSA Students

HSA Students

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