2021 +Award Gala

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cullen+them’s Third Annual +Award Gala

cullen+them continues celebrating individuals whose presence and life work contributes to positive social change with the +Award honoring people who have shown commitment to bettering lives through art, activism and philanthropy.

WHEN: November 1st
WHERE: Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Avenue NY, NY

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 +Award will honor legend and internationally celebrated artist Bill T. Jones. The event will be hosted by Mur (Matthew Sabato) and co-chaired by cullen+them board members, Melanie Cohn and Meera Al-Sayegh. The +Award gala will include original performances by the company of excerpts of current works in process.


Bill T. Jones (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Artist Director: New York Live Arts) is the recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; the 2013 National Medal of Arts; the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography of the critically acclaimed FELA!; a 2007 Tony Award, 2007 Obie Award and 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven; the 2005 Wexner Price; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010 Mr. Jones was recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.” Mr. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 1982. He has created more than 140 works for his company. Mr. Jones is the Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting, and educating. 

Angel Table – $25,000

One dinner table for ten with superior dinner seating

  • Support the creation of Young Dance Collective’s final show in May 2022 and sponsor seats for the company at the gala.
  • Acknowledgement in all printed and online materials, performance programs and website

All gala contributions are tax deductible under the fullest extent of the law.