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Young Audiences Arts For Learning’s 2014 Annual Gala At The Waldorf Astoria In NYC

(Photo credit: YA)

(Photo credit: YA)

Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) celebrates its annual gala on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria. This year’s gala will honor Robert E. Knowling, Jr. for his tireless work in the community and for providing inspiration to countless young people to embrace education and strive for success. The evening will also feature a performance by the ISO Symphony of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. The chairs are Young Audiences Board Members, Mary Ann Fribourg, Sue Ann Weinberg, James Benedict and James Gellert; the Business Committee Chairman is Michael J. Fritzlo, Chairman and CEO of Wall Street Network Solutions.

The Gala will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner in the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. We are expecting more than 500 guests, including educators, artists, government officials, and philanthropists. Previous Gala attendees have included former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Corinne and Maurice R. Greenberg, Elaine and Ken Langone, Paul Guenther, Zarin Mehta, and Jill and Peter Kraus. The Gala will be immediately followed by an After Party in the Jade and Basildon rooms of the Waldorf Astoria, featuring live music from the renowned cover band Off the Hook and a prize raffle sponsored by Southwest Airlines.

Robert E. Knowling Jr. (Photo credit: YA)

Robert E. Knowling Jr. (Photo credit: YA)

Robert E. Knowling Jr., Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, is renowned for his expertise in leading large organizations through periods of dramatic transformation. He has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, leading companies through periods of high growth and organizational turnaround. From 2002-2005 he served as CEO of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent non-profit corporation created by Joel I. Klein and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the New York City public school system. Prior to this, Knowling was Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Covad Communications and led the company through its rapid growth and Initial Public Offering to become the largest and most recognizable brand in the high speed Internet access industry. In 1999, Mr. Knowling was awarded the Wall Street Project’s Reginald Lewis Trailblazers Award by President Clinton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson for his efforts in developing a national agenda for the spirit and mission of inclusion, opportunity, expansion, advocacy, and success in the workplace for women and people of color in the high-tech industry. He is also the Author of the book, You Can Get There from Here, a biography of his inspiring road to success.

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York was founded in 1972 with the mission to provide an opportunity for any child to learn an instrument and perform in an ensemble of his/her peers. The InterSchool Orchestras of New York makes it possible for students without prior access to an instrument or music lessons to get started on an instrument through loans of instruments and free music lessons. ISO ensembles share their music with the community, performing at senior centers, churches, parks, and schools. ISO believes that playing music in an orchestra fosters a cooperative spirit, demonstrates that there is more than one valid interpretation of an idea, enhances students’ empathy for others, improves self-esteem, explores emotions, and makes students familiar with other cultures and periods of history.

For more than 60 years, Young Audiences Arts for Learning (YA) has inspired young people and sought to expand their learning through the arts. Founded in 1952, YA works to support affiliated organizations that are each dedicated to playing a decisive role in young people’s development. Last year, the YA network of 30 affiliates reached 5 million children in over 6,000 schools and community centers with 85,000 performance demonstrations, workshops, and teacher services. This year, Young Audiences launched its new online fully arts-integrated curriculum Arts for Learning Online which will bring rich arts lessons to students in grades pre-K through 8 while providing them with instruction and practice in strategies for reading comprehension, writing, and learning. This year, we also continued our work around the network in the media and digital arts through our hugely successful programs such as Immersive Game Design in Wichita, Cleveland and Indiana. These programs teach students to design and produce their own fully-functional technology for learning and creating.


WHEN: November 20th, 2014
Cocktails – 6:30 pm
Dinner – 7:30 pm
After Party – 9:30

Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Ph. 212-355-3000


Gala Tickets: Junior (35 & under)- $250; Contributor- $500; you may purchase them here.

After Party Tickets: $100; you may purchase them here.

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