Albany Museum’s Art Ball 2022 planned for its future home
January 9 — ALBANY The Albany Museum of Art’s flagship annual event, the AMA Art Ball, returns on February 26 as a celebration of art with a glimpse into the museum’s future.
Art Ball 2022 will take place in the future museum house in the former Belk department store building, officially presenting the AMA family as the first step in the museum’s metamorphosis into a grand new downtown arts center.
“WADA is delighted to host what promises to be a unique celebration in the heart of our beloved Albany,” WADA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf said in a press release. “The idea behind this year’s theme ‘Metamorphosis’ is the museum’s plan to visibly and meaningfully evolve to become even more relevant to our brothers and sisters in Albany and to visitors from beyond. We are honored to continue this journey into the heart of Albany. “
After the Art Ball was reinvented in 2021 as a hybrid collection of breakfasts and Art-Ball-in-a-Box options at home due to the pandemic, “Art Ball 2022: Metamorphosis” will be on show. new an optional black tie gala featuring cocktails, gourmet dining, live musical entertainment, dancing and live and silent auctions.
Art Ball 2022 co-chairs are Meryl K. Joiner and Bronwyn Bates.
“I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful event,” said Joiner, who is also a member of the museum’s board. “WADA brings so much joy through art to Albany, and I hope that with the change on the horizon and the event being held downtown, we will see great success and support as a result. . “
“The last few years have changed us all,” Bates said. “I think we have become different versions of ourselves, hopefully better and more resilient. The museum is doing the same and this metamorphosis is reflected in the theme of this year’s AMA Art Ball. Move, Grow, Becoming a part of downtown Albany while representing our community as a whole, the museum is evolving into a new version of itself. We are excited to show the first steps of this change on February 26. “
The importance of the Art Ball to the Albany Museum of Art cannot be overstated. The large annual fundraiser raises awareness about the museum and its work and supports important programs, including free admission for all, exhibitions, art camps and educational programs.
“We are thrilled to celebrate our future home by hosting the Art Ball downtown,” said Chloe Hinton, AMA Director of Development and Membership. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and provides essential support for much of our mission. “
Hinton said sponsorship is critical to the success of the event. At the time of going to press, Upland Wealth Advisors and BMW of Albany and Albany Motorcars had signed up as major sponsors.
“We are very grateful for these sponsorships from these prominent local businesses,” Hinton said. “They are truly making a difference in our community with their unwavering support of WADA and its work.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Alicia Gregory, BMW’s Chief Financial Officer of Albany and Albany Motorcars. “We are delighted to know that the museum is planning to relocate to the downtown area and we are delighted to see all the revitalization of the downtown area. It will benefit the community. Being part of the excitement is a lot of fun for us. It’s very energizing.
Dinner will be provided by Stewbos Group and dance music will be provided by popular Atlanta group The New Royals, who perform popular music from the 1990s-2000s, R&B hits and party anthems from the 1960s-1980s. .
New this year will be an “after dinner” option where WADA clients can join in the celebration at 9.45pm and enjoy cocktails and dancing.
Additionally, there will be live silent auctions, and the Libby Womack Paddle Raise.
“Through the Libby Womack Paddle Raise, you are directly contributing to WADA’s educational programming,” Hinton noted. “A big part of this is providing scholarships for children to attend our art camps. Our goal this year is for half of our campers at this summer’s art camps to be scholarship recipients. This will go a long way in expanding the reach of our educational programs. in underserved parts of the community.
WADA members are also eligible for a special weekly draw that begins on Monday. Each Monday through February 14, a member will be randomly selected to receive a free ticket for their choice of evening event or after dinner option.
“It’s a special way to thank our fabulous members for championing the arts in our community through their support of the museum,” said Hinton.
Tickets for the full evening of “Art Ball 2022: Metamorphosis” are $ 200 for AMA members and $ 250 for non-members. Corporate tables are also available. Tickets for the after dinner option are $ 75 for AMA members and $ 100 for non-members. Businesses and individuals interested in tickets or sponsorships for Art Ball can contact Hinton at [email protected] or by calling (229) 439-8400.