By Udo Salters
The 2018 Harlem School of the Arts Masquerade Ball was held at The Plaza Hotel New York in October 2018.
The ball was hosted by Fox 5 morning show host Lori Strokes and honored honoring Amsale Aberra (posthumously accepted by Neil Brown) Visionary Lineage Award, Rachel Brown Visionary Lineage Award, Liev Schreiber Visionary Artist Award, Caleb McLaughlin Alumni Award, Rashid Silvera Distinguished Teacher Award and Tsyala Khudad-Zade Distinguished Teacher Award.
As guests arrived you could feel the buzz in the air. A night to support a good community organization and a good night for fashion. Clearly one of the bright spots of the VIP arrivals was Lori’s student co-host student ambassador Jayden Hairston. His smile lit the place up. Actress Tamra Tunie, Harlem’s Chef Alexandar Smalls, actress Lisa Arrindell, Chief Content, and Creative Officer and philanthropists Raquel and Walter Oden were some of the notables who stopped by to say hello to the media on their way into the event.
HSA, located in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem on Saint Nicholas Avenue, aims to provide high quality, affordable, arts training in dance, music, theatre, and visual art to ethnically and socio-economically diverse young people aged 2-18.
Photo credit: 1-3) Guests. By Udo Salters.