+Award Gala 2024


2024 +Award Gala

We invite you to join us for cullen+them’s annual +Award Gala honoring Okwui Okpokwasili, hosted by Daphne Rubin-Vega and co-chaired by cullen+them board members Melanie Cohn, Kim Cullen and Jamel Robinson. The +Award honors individuals whose presence and life work contributes to positive social change, and we are thrilled to have Okwui Okpokwasili be this year’s recipient.

WHEN: Monday October 21st, 6:30pm
WHERE: Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Avenue NY, NY

Cocktails will begin at 6:30pm followed by dinner and performances.

Photo by Michael Avedon

Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn based performer, choreographer and writer creating multidisciplinary performance pieces. The child of immigrants from Nigeria, Okpokwasili was born and raised in the Bronx, and the histories of these places and the girls and women who inhabit them feature prominently in much of her work. Her highly experimental productions include "Bessie" Award winning Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance, "Bessie" Award winning Bronx Gothic, Poor People's TV Room, When I Return Who Will Receive Me, and Adaku's Revolt. Recent works include installations in the exhibitions: “Grief and Grievance, Art and Mourning in America” at the New Museum, “Witchhunt” at The Hammer Museum in LA, and “Sex Ecologies” at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. Commissions include the performance On the way, undone at the Highline in New York City and at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival, the film Returning for Danspace Project, and the site specific performance Swallow the Moon at Jacob’s Pillow. She has worked with film and theater directors: Carrie Mae Weems, Ralph Lemon, Arthur Jafa, Terence Nance, Josephine Decker, Mika Rottenberg, Mahyad Tousi, Charlotte Brathwaite, Jim Findlay, Annie Dorsen and Peter Born.

Okpokwasili’s residencies and awards include The French American Cultural Exchange (2006-2007); Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Choreographic Fellowship (2012); Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (2013); New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013); Under Construction at the Park Avenue Armory (2013); New York Foundation for the Arts’ Fellowship in Choreography (2013); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Program (2014-17, 2019-20); ICPP at Wesleyan (2015), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ artist grant in dance (2014); BRIClab (2015); Columbia University (2015), the Rauschenberg Residency (2015), the Mellon Creative Futures Fellowship at Carolina Performing Arts, UNC-Chapel Hill (2018-2021). Okpokwasili was the 2015-2017 Randjelovic/Stryker New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist (RCA.) She was a 2018 Princeton University Hodder Fellow, a 2018 Herb Alpert Awardee in Dance, an Antonyo Awardee, a 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awardee, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. She was the inaugural artist for the Kravis Studio Residency program at MOMA in 2022.

You may donate and purchase tickets and tables by credit card using the below link, by mailing a check, or via wire transfer. Donations can also be accepted by phone or through venmo @cullenandthem

Angel Table - $25,000

One dinner table for ten with superior dinner seating

  • Credit as an executive producer for a new documentary about Young Dance Collective’s final show, forever for now

  • Invitation for two to a invite-only reading of a new play by Hannah Cullen

  • Acknowledgement in all printed and online materials, performance programs and website

Checks should be made payable to Young Dance Collective Inc. and mailed to 317 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215