All Hail B.B. King! Blues Legend Steals the Art World’s Thunder at Americans for the Arts Gala

Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards Benefit

“When I was younger I went to all kinds of rock concerts,” said Jeffrey Deitch, his silk midnight blue lapels illuminated by candlelight. He was at the Americans for the Arts annual Arts Awards dinner at the lavish Cipriani in Midtown, where artists and patrons annually collect Jeff Koons-designed bunny statues for their services. It’s a little like the art world’s answer to the Oscars, and in a nice change of pace, blues legend B.B. King was set to receive the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award. “I remember seeing him at an outdoor concert in the middle of an open field in Massachusetts,” Mr. Deitch continued. “It was a whole field of hippies. He was phenomenal. Everyone loved it.” Read More

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Madeleine Albright to Speak at Americans for the Arts Panel at DNC

Albright. (Patrick McMullan)

Arts activist group Americans for the Arts is at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week lobbying for the creative industries and providing a voice for nonprofit arts organizations at the convention, The Art Newspaper reports. Today, Americans for the Arts will hold a panel titled “ArtsSpeak,” at which politicians and activists, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will consider the significance of arts education, the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the beneficial influence that arts jobs have on local economies. Read More