It is true that the arts often struggle to receive the funding that they deserve. This is despite the fact that visual art, singing, dancing, playing instruments and acting are edifying in ways that connect with audiences and that contribute to building and sustaining a healthy society. While many arts programs often find themselves making passionate pleas for support to the general public, the public sector and the business community that go unanswered that was fortunately not the case for the American Repertory Theater in Boston during the Spring of 2017. In March of 2017 the American Repertory Theater held its yearly fundraiser gala at a venue that is known as the Boch Center Wang Theatre.
The fund-raising gala, which included performances from luminaries from the world of Broadway and an auction of exciting prizes, was able to exceed the target goal that the American Repertory Theater had set for the evening. According to a report the fundraiser for the theater was able to bring in more than $1 million in donations that evening. The funds that were raised during the gala will be used to keep various initiatives that are administered by the American Repertory Theater running. Guests that were present at the March 2017 fundraiser for the theater had the chance to witness stunning performances by individuals such as Michael Luwoye who is a member of the cast of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton and the actress and vocalist Laura Michelle Kelly who is a member of the cast of the King and I. Guests at the gala were also treated to a performance by a student that participated in a community program that is run by the American Repertory Theater. Co-chairs for the event included Michael Lynton, Sara Campbell, Andrew Farkas and others.
Attendees got the chance to bid on amazing prizes that were offered during the gala’s auction. According to a report some of the prizes for the gala included the chance to see productions such as the musical Hello Dolly! and the chance to see the British productions of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well as the play that is known as the Glass Menagerie. Guests were also able to bid on the opportunity to see entertainment icon Barbara Streisand in concert in New York City. The successful event was organized by Paul Buttenwieser, Sid Yong, Katie Buttenwieser and Kate Gellert who all served as the gala’s chairs. The American Repertory Theater is invested in exposing new generations to the art and craft of theater and its programs reach thousands of people in the city of Boston.