Actor and activist George Takei, founding members of Soh Daiko, Alan and Merle Okada, dancer Takehiro Ueyama and Christina Chiu will be honored at the Asian American Arts Alliance’s 33rd Anniversary Benefit Gala at Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St in New York on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The evening is a celebration of outstanding Asian Americans in the arts and an opportunity for audiences and patrons to make a significant contribution toward the artistic talent within our community. Cocktails at 6:30pm, followed by dinner and entertainment. Buy tickets for the 33rd Anniversary Gala here!
Funds raised from this event support the Alliance’s programs and services, which offers artists opportunities to be their own best entrepreneurs across the spectrum of their careers—helping them to build audiences, seek funding, and grow their own artistic and strategic alliances.
Alan & Merle Okada – Founding Members, Soh Daiko
the 2015 Jadin Wong Award for
Emerging Asian American Choreographer
*The 2015 Jadin Wong Award is intended to recognize one emerging Asian American choreographer whose work shows potential for greater achievement and hopes to make a significant impact on the NYC artistic community as a whole.
the Fifth Annual Wai Look Award for
Outstanding Service to the Arts
*The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts is intended to recognize and encourage Asian American individuals working as an arts administrator, advocate, leader or equivalent whose active participation in or for the arts has made a considerable impact.
2015 Gala Benefit Honorary Chair
Mayor David Dinkins
2015 Gala Benefit Co-Chairs
Susan Onuma, Gary Moriwaki, Julie Azuma
2015 Benefit Committee
Karen Beluso, Rocky Chin & May Chen, Larry Hama, Barbara Ho, Fay Ann Lee, Cobi Narita, Ron Ostermann, Hong Qu, Ravi Rajan, Athena Robles & G. Richard Dodge, Jr., Beesham Seecharan, Bea Soong, Mark Swicegood, Norma Tan, Helen Wan, Andrew Wang, Cindy Zhou (list in formation)
WNYC, Park Avenue Artists, Jordan Young, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Cafe Evergreen
For more information on sponsorship, benefit committee, or tickets, please contact Executive Director Andrea Louie (email@example.com) or Development Associate Anjali Goyal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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