Americans for the Arts celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year, awarding National Arts Awardees, at Cipriani on 42nd this recent Monday night. Heavenly décor and a wait staff that far surpassed the honorees, including Angela Lansbury, Martha Rivers Ingram, Herb Alpert, Kate & Laura Rodarte, who along with other attendees participated in revelries.
Presenters included one of the founders of Sonic Youth–Kim Gordon, acclaimed Veteran journalist Bill Moyers, renowned director- Harold Prince and Director of Lincoln Center Festival- Nigel Redden, and attendees ranged from renowned actors, successful painters, publishers and political activists. “The arts are important, they do matter and they won’t go away,” announced one presenter. Alec Baldwin, called on to read Congress’ proclamation, further emphasized the influence of the arts: “Six billion are given to the arts, each year.”