Photos: Cool Culture’s UnGala

William DuBose, Candice Anderson, Reggie Van Lee, Michele Gerber Klein, Ivan Thorton by J Grassi

The Cool Culture UnGala 2017 brought together more than 200 diverse supporters to celebrate and fundraise for Cool Culture and its programs, and to acknowledge Teresita Fernandez and Reggie Van Lee for their commitment to social justice, diversity, and arts access to all.

Raquel Chevremont, Agnes Gund, Mickalene Thomas, Catherine Gund by Credit: J Grassi

More than a fundraiser, The UnGala celebrated the cultural vitality of NYC through musical performances by Lion Babe, pianist Harold O’ Neal and the sounds of DJ Rich Medina. Puerto Rican artist Miguel Luciano performed his Pimp My Piragua, the National Double Dutch League showcased their skills and artist Brian Paupaw created a live interactive mural. The rest of the evening included a sit down dinner, silent auction, awards presentations, and open bar.

Janelle Snowden by J Grassi

Attendees included: Teresita Fernandez, (honoree), Reggie Van Lee (honoree), Agnes Gund, Bevy Smith, Gbenga Akinnagbe, June Ambrose, Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman), Tai Beauchamp, Edward Enninful, Debi Mazar, Tobias Truvillion, Faith Newman, Malik Yoba, Mickalene Thomas, Reggie Van Lee, Ramon Hervey, Harold O’ Neal, Khalil Kain, Sheila Johnson, and Renne Cox.

Lion Babe, Credit: J Grassi

ABOUT COOL CULTURE: Cool Culture partners with 90 NYC premiere museums and over 400 preschools to ensure that over 50,000 of New York’s most diverse families with preschool-aged children have free and unlimited access to arts and culture as a way to increase literacy and learning, family engagement, and strengthen communities.

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