Wingspan Arts received a proclamation by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honor of their 10th Anniversary. Mayor Bloomberg named June 11 to be “Wingspan Arts Day” saying “Their scholarship program has extended access to their excellent programs to so many young New Yorkers, and their classes and camps have helped develop the skills of our city’s many talented younger artists.”
The proclamation was announced at the Wingspan Arts 10th Anniversary Benefit held at B.B. King Blues Club, and accepted by founder, Gary Bernstein. The event, which honored Mr. Bernstein and Council Member Gale A. Brewer, was hosted by MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award-winner Lennie Watts, and featured performances from Broadway chatterbox Seth Rudetsky, Gavin Lodge (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Alena Watters (Sister Act), cabaret performer Kim Grogg (One Hit Wonder Woman) and Wingspan Arts’ students and teaching artists. In addition to live performances, supporters of Wingspan Arts and arts education advocates appeared on video to share their thoughts on the state of the arts and how the arts has shaped their careers. Appearances included Richard Kind, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Rory O’Malley, Dallas Roberts, and Telly Leung. Click here to see some pictures from the event on theaterlife.com.
The proclamation concluded by stating “Our administration has always recognized the important role that the arts play in a well-rounded and thorough education. We firmly believe that creative thinking is a key to success, and are pleased that organizations like this one do so much to help young New Yorkers learn by engaging with such a diverse range of subjects and material. Together, we can create a New York City that is even more committed to excellence in the arts and education.”