On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street, The Gordon Parks Foundation will host its Annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrating Parks’ rich legacy and honoring those that continue to make an impact in the performing and visual arts and humanitarianism. Honorees for the 2018 Awards include: director, screenwriter and filmmaker Ava DuVernay; businessman and philanthropist, Ronald O. Perelman; author Ta-Nehisi Coates; civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill; photographer Sally Mann; and documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz. Each of the honorees was chosen for their dedication and support of arts and humanitarianism and overall embodiment of Parks’ commitment to social justice. Previous honorees include: Congressman John Lewis, GRAMMY award-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Janelle Monáe, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson. The gala will feature performances by rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Mavis Staples.
“We’re pleased to recognize this year’s group of distinguished honorees and the impact that they continue to have in matters of social justice through their work in the arts, philanthropy and more as we again come together to celebrate the lasting legacy of Gordon Parks.” says Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation.
The evening will be co-chaired by Karl Lagerfeld, Kendrick Lamar, Valerie Jarrett, Alicia Keys and Kassem Dean, Usher IV, Janelle Monáe, Common, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault, Judy and Leonard Lauder, and Alexander Soros. As part of the gala celebration a group of Gordon Parks photographs will be auctioned off with all proceeds from the evening to support the Foundation’s ongoing artistic and educational programs.
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In addition to recognizing this year’s distinguished honorees, the Foundation will also highlight the 2018 recipients of the Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship–photographer Deana Lawson and multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams. Now in its second year, The Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship Program supports artists working across a range of artistic disciplines – from photography and music to film and beyond – by providing grants of $10,000 and an exhibition at the Foundation’s space in Pleasantville, New York. Fellowships are awarded to artists working within themes of social justice.
For the past decade, The Gordon Parks Foundation has provided scholarships to help further the exploration of visual and performing arts to students across the country whose artistic talent reflect the passion, vision and humanity of Gordon Parks. The Foundation’s longtime partner institutions include: the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ghetto Film School, Harlem School of the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Purchase College (SUNY), Pratt Institute, and National YoungArts Foundation. This year, the Foundation is proud to add Columbia Journalism School to its list of partners.
To purchase tickets for the 2018 Gordon Parks Foundation Awards & Auction, please contact Buckley Hall Events at 914-579-1000 or GPFGala@buckleyhallevents.com.
Photo credit Gordon Parks photographs wikipedia.