Alliance for the Arts Asks: Are You a Friend of the Arts?


Alliance for the Arts IIThis announcement courtesy of Joe Harrell, Director of Marketing and Product Management at Alliance for the Arts:

Alliance for the Arts to Host Annual
Friends of the Arts Party
at Christie’s
November 13, 2009
6:30-8:30 pm

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The Alliance for the Arts will partner with the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) to host the annual Friends of the Arts Party at Christie’s, opening the galleries for an exclusive preview of the much-heralded Latin American Art show, cocktails and music on Fri., Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30pm.

The Friends Party began in 2003 as a way to support the Alliance’s work as a leader in arts advocacy and to engage artists, policymakers and patrons in conversation about the arts.

“As we face a time when support for the arts is more crucial than ever, the Friends party is an ideal opportunity for younger New Yorkers to become arts advocates,” said Randall Bourscheidt, President of the Alliance for the Arts.

Event leaders include Ashton Hawkins and John L. Moore III, Paul Beirne, Robert C. Clauser, Kipton Cronkite, William Earle, Nick Hockens, Werner H. Kramarsky, Dr. J. Marc Michel Léonard and Michael Yeager, Helen Marx, David and Elizabeth Netto, Susan D. Ralston, Jane Gregory Rubin, Joe Versace, Enzo Viscusi and Alan Wanzenberg. Other special guests include public officials Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Senator Liz Krueger and State Assemblyman Jonathan L. Bing, and artists Cornelia Guest, William Ivey Long and Tor Seidler.

Christie’s is located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza on 49th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas

The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and informs the public through cultural guides and calendars. Now in its 33rd year, the Alliance publishes information on the arts and cultural events in New York City as well as studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education.

The Alliance helps government and civil leaders understand the importance of the arts to New York City by making the case for more support for culture from all levels of government. One of the ways it does this is through the Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Fellowship for Public Policy and the Arts, which was inaugurated in 2002 with the objective of training cultural policy leaders through engagement with the Alliance’s advocacy work.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) is a nonprofit civil rights law firm that strives for social justice in New York City through litigation, community organizing, policy advocacy and public education. NYLPI has in-house expertise in health justice, environmental justice and disability rights. This expertise is extended by a network of volunteers from New York’s top law firms and corporate legal departments that work with NYLPI to provide pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.

Finally, from the CFR, a note of commentary. First, for tickets, click here.

Second, while Bourscheidt is correct that this party represents “an ideal opportunity for younger New Yorkers to become arts advocates,” the pricing for the tickets–

Nonprofit/Artist — One ticket at a discounted rate for nonprofit employees and artists — $50.00
Friend of the Arts — Single ticket — $100.00
Supporter — Two $100 tickets — $200.00
Host — Two tickets at $250 each — $500.00
Leader — Four tickets at $250 each — $1,000.00
Benefactor — Ten tickets at $250 each — $2,500.00

–isn’t exactly for the unpaid, low-paid, dismally paid downtown set. Or, really, anyone who isn’t one of the top two or three people at most arts nonprofits, where if a typical salary touches $40K, that’s doing really good. In this economy, even $50 is asking for a lot. There’s no question that if the next generation of arts advocates is to be large, healthy and unmoored from the economic stratification that has become the new normal in New York City, barriers to entry will have to be acknowleged and removed. Christie’s is awesome. So is a Chelsea gallery featuring the work of artists you have never heard of. Just a thought.