Upcoming Event

2018 Gala & Cultural Leadership Awards

Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
409 East 59th Street, NYC



At this year’s Gala and Cultural Leadership Awards, the AFA is thrilled to honor noteworthy collectors and philanthropists Eli & Edythe Broad and interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro for their demonstrated commitment to increasing public access to and understanding of contemporary art and architecture worldwide. This event also kicks off the 110th anniversary of the AFA!

The AFA Cultural Leadership Awards are given annually to an artist and museum leader or philanthropist in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the art community.  The event brings together artists, museum directors, collectors, philanthropists, and art professionals at an elegant gala to celebrate the American Federation of Arts and honor significant individuals in the arts.

Previous recipients have included: Alice Walton, Charles and Valerie Diker, Kehinde Wiley, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Marina Abramović, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Frank Gehry, Roy Neuberger, Sarah Sze, and Eugene V. Thaw.

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For more information, contact events@amfedarts.org or call 212.988.7700 x209


Gala Leadership



Martha MacMillan


Gala Co-Chairs


Elizabeth Belfer
Ashleigh Fernandez

Barbara & Richard S. Lane
Jennifer & Jason New

Benefit Committee


Ruth Appelhof & Gary Adamek

Tsipi Ben-Haim

Jonathan P. Binstock, Ph.D.

Valentino D. Carlotti


Michele & Marty Cohen

Chad Conway & Mark Drendel

Robert Day

Charles & Valerie Diker

Ennead Architects LLP

Janet Ezersky

Leslie and Tom Freudenheim

Lee White Galvis & Sergio Galvis

Thelma Golden

Andrea Grover

Agnes Gund

Wade Guyton

Anthony Hirschel

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Ann and Gilbert H. Kinney

Barbara Kruger

Stephanie & Jody La Nasa


Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund

NancyJane & Jeffrey M. Loewy

Merrill & Chris Mahan

Charlene & Tom Marsh

Clare E. McKeon

Alaleh & Ariel Ostad

The Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation

Joseph Rosa

Capera Ryan

Vicki & Roger Sant

Betsy Pinover Schiff

Cindy Sherman

Samantha Sorbaro


Barbara Tamerin

Belinda Tate

Ellen & Bill Taubman

Ian Taylor

Barbara & Donald Tober

Alice Walton

Monique Schoen Warshaw

Sandra & Stanford Warshawsky

(list in formation as of September 20, 2018)

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Media Sponsor


In-Kind Sponsors


Eli and Edythe Broad 

Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who built two Fortune 500 companies from the ground up over a five-decade career in business. He is the founder of both SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation).  Today, Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, are devoted to philanthropy as founders of The Broad Foundations, which they established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts.

Through the foundation, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, the Broads have created groundbreaking independent institutions in each of their three areas of grant-making, including The Broad Center, which develops leaders to help transform America’s urban public schools, The Broad Institute, a global leader in genomics, and The Broad, a museum in downtown Los Angeles devoted to showcasing great contemporary art. To date, the Broads have made grants totaling $4 billion.


Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is a New York-based design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. Founded in 1981, DS+R is led by four partners—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin. DS+R is responsible for two of the largest recent architecture and planning initiatives in New York City: the High Line and the transformation of Lincoln Center’s performing arts campus. Recently completed projects include Zaryadye Park in Moscow, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center in New York,The Broad in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California.

DS+R is currently engaged in two more projects significant to New York, opening 2019: The Shed, the first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, and the renovation and expansion of MoMA. The studio is also producing The Mile-Long Opera, a choral performance featuring 1,000 singers staged along the length of the High Line, and was recently selected to design the Centre for Music, a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra; a new Collection and Research Centre for the V&A in London’s Olympic Park; and Adelaide Contemporary, a new gallery and public sculpture park in South Australia.

DS+R has been distinguished with the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential” list, the Smithsonian Institution’s 2005 National Design Award, and Wall Street Journal Magazine’s 2017 Architecture Innovator of the Year Award.


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