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Theatre Class Attends Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Virtual 2020 Gala

Students in the spring 2020 course, Fundraising and Marketing for the Arts, taught by adjunct instructor Jaynie Saunders Tiller, had the unique opportunity to “attend” the popular annual fundraiser for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

This year’s event honored actress Cate Blanchett, Broadway producer Jeanne Donovan Fisher, and novelist Zadie Smith and featured performances by Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s Julie Anne Stanzak, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Hope Boykin, and St. Vincent.

When MMC’s Tiller realized the event was scheduled for the exact time of her Wednesday evening class, she jumped on the opportunity for her class see one of the world’s leading arts organizations produce a mission-driven online event. “It was the culmination of everything we’ve been working on this semester,” explains Tiller. “Without the ability to physically share space, arts organizations want to provide comfort and support of their communities of artists, staff members, donors and audiences. It was an amazing chance to witness BAM strengthen those relationships. Plus, when will I ever have the opportunity to take 19 students to an event like this?!”

Watch the full event here!

Published: May 29, 2020