DC Shines Bright for 30th Annual Women in the Arts Gala

For three decades, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has been a cultural jewel in Washington and the world’s only museum solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.

On Friday, April 22, the museum opened its doors to the city’s A-list for the annual spring gala, this one with a special 30th-anniversary twist. The black-tie event was co-chaired by Amy Baier, Kristin Cecchi, Jamie Dorros and Cindy Jones, who also serves as the museum’s board president.

This 30th Anniversary Gala had a special theme inspired by women artists – both past and present – whose works are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ permanent collection. In addition, the event included a special honor and recognition for the museum’s founder, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay.

Utilizing the museum’s landmark space in downtown Washington – just blocks from the White House – the gala began with cocktails and an auction in the upper exhibit floors of the museum. Dinner followed the cocktail reception and silent auction and partygoers stayed to dance until midnight.

Among the luminaries who attended the event were figures from the worlds of politics and media. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and his wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, were in attendance, alongside Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and City Councilman Jack Evans. Fox News anchor Bret Baier (whose wife, Amy, co-chaired the event) and CNN correspondent Dana Bash represented the Fourth Estate. United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba added an international flair to the guest list.

Friday night’s gala was complemented by a cocktail reception on Wednesday, April 19 for gala sponsors hosted by His Excellency Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, and Lady Vanessa Darroch at their official residence.

Individual tickets for the gala went for as much as $1,500, with sponsorship packages in the six figures. All proceeds from the evening went to support the National Museum of Women in the Arts programming, which includes a collection of 4,500 objects and the annual display of 10 top-ranked exhibitions of work by women artists.