Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) Hosts 2010 "Defining Moments" Benefit Gala

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The Asian American Arts Alliance ( announces its annual benefit gala honoring extraordinary individuals in the arts: Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theater; Mana Hashimoto, award-winning, dancer/choreographer; Jeffrey Ng (a.k.a. jeffstaple), Staple Design; and Shen Wei, director, Shen Wei Dance Arts, on Wednesday, November 3, 6:30 PM, at the Cue Art Foundation, 511 W. 25 Street, NYC. Will feature a special performance by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, The Children's Orchestra Society. David Henry Hwang, playwright, serves as honorary chair, benefit committee.

The Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) will host its 28th Anniversary Benefit Gala "Defining Moments" on November 3rd at the CUE Art Foundation in New York City.

Showcasing a4’s work on behalf of Asian American artists and arts groups, the gala is also a toast to the significant contributions of extraordinary individuals in the arts.

This year, a4 presents awards to four honorees: Tisa Chang, artistic producing director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; Mana Hashimoto, dancer and choreographer; Jeffrey Ng (aka jeffstaple), founder and creative director of Staple Design; and Shen Wei, director of Shen Wei Dance Arts, and best known for heading the choreography team for the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing.

A silent auction rounds out the festivities, featuring exceptional items from the Guggenheim Museum and Manhattan by Sail, among others.

Celebrated arts professionals, leaders and supporters are expected to gather for the
highly anticipated annual event. The gala is a4’s main fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the Asian American Arts Alliance.

“While the arts continue to receive cuts in private and public funding, it is arts organizations like a4 that contribute more than $150 billion in spending each year to tax revenues and household incomes.* We rely on events like the gala to raise critical funds needed to serve our community and sustain our work,” said a4 board president Rocky Chin.

Past honorees and presenters have included: Ambassador and Consul General of Japan Motoatsu Sakurai; actor and comedian Margaret Cho; filmmaker Mira Nair; Broadway director and producer Tommy Tune; actor Kal Penn; fashion designer Phillip Lim; actor BD Wong; visual artist Mariko Mori; architect Billie Tsien; fashion designer Peter Som; president of Asia Society Vishakha Desai; Nautica founder David Chu; chef Anita Lo; and author Suketu Mehta.

About the Asian American Arts Alliance:
Asian American Arts Alliance (a4), founded in 1983, is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and individual supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations, and to providing a political voice for this community. The organization is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and arts/cultural groups in New York City through funding, promotion and community building.

*Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

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Ticket inquiries:
Vicki Shu Smolin
(646) 502-5337.

Media inquiries:
Andrea Louie
(212) 941-9208, extension 1


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