Bold-faced names and big announcements made this year’s YoungArts Backyard Ball an affair to remember.
THE OCCASION As the first major gala of the new year, the YoungArts Backyard Ball never fails to make a lasting impression, but this year, the party was more animated than ever. The big news of the evening? The appointment of Sarah Arison as chair of the organization’s board of trustees. THE CROWD Among the many guests in attendance were developer Jorge Pérez, architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, ICA Miami Director Ellen Salpeter, art collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl and many others. THE HIGHLIGHTS One the event’s best moments was the speech by Academy Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who was the recipient of the YoungArts 2018 Arison Award for his contribution to culture. Then came the stirring performances in dance, drama and music by various YoungArts alumni. By evening’s end, the Max Mara-sponsored event had raised $1.5 million to support emerging artists across the country. -Michael Muzquiz
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