Getting more and more like our version of the Academy Awards, this year’s National YoungArts Foundation gala didn’t disappoint. Held at the Bacardi Building in Downtown, the evening was a who’s who of Miami’s philanthropy set.
YoungArts President and CEO Paul T. Lehr and Gala Chairpersons Facundo L. and Elizabeth Bacardi welcomed a slew of notable guests that included starchitect Frank Gehry, actress Rosie Perez, artists Naomi Fisher and James Rosenquist, and the organization’s own artistic advisor, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones.
Once again this year, YoungArts honored three individuals for their respective efforts in mentoring tomorrow’s artists. This year’s illustrious trio included actress Rita Moreno, actor Andrew Rannells and architect Zaha Hadid. After the speeches and standing ovations, the stage was left to the young actors, dancers and musicians who had participated in YoungArts Week, a series of workshops for high school seniors in the arts, who put on an hour-plus performance that highlighted each of their talents. The evening came to an end with dancing and sweets on the Bacardi Building plaza. –Photography by World Red Eye