The UnGala strips away the traditional elements of a fundraising event and brings together some of New York City’s most influential artists, thought leaders, philanthropists and trend-setters for one night. Now in its third year, The UnGala celebrates and honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, cultural equity, and arts access, all while raising crucial funds for Cool Culture and its programs. The event features passed hors-d’oeuvres and food stations, cocktails, an auction, and dancing, and highlights advocates in the arts community who are making a difference.

Join us at The UnGala on May 31, 2018, from 7 PM to 10 PM,
at Ogilvy & Mather, located at 636 11th Avenue




Tania Bruguera
Innovator Honoree, Artist, and Activist
Born in Havana Cuba in 1968, Tania Bruguera is a politically motivated performance artist and activist, explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change in works that examine the social effects of political and economic power
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Jerome Lagarrigue
Rising Innovator Honoree, Artist
Jerome Lagarrigue was born in 1973 to a French father and an American mother, and was raised in Paris and has received several awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats Award
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Eugenie Tsai
Defender Honoree, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art
Eugenie Tsai has organized exhibitions including Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk – An Introspective; Lee Mingwei: The Moving Garden; LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital; The Bruce High Quality Foundation:Ode to Joy, 2001-2013; Valerie Hegarty:Alternative Histories; Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond(organized with Ru Hockley); and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. (click here for more)

Dorinda Walker
Impact Awardee, Community Advocate, Author and Fortune 50 Executive
Dorinda Walker is an Inspirational Warrior, Survivor, Community Advocate and Award Winning Corporate Executive, who holds the title of Vice President within Prudential Financial, Inc.
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Will Dubose

Co-Chair and Board Member

Risa Meyer

Co-Chair and Board Member

Nadia Samadani

Event Co-Chair

Lauriann Serra

Event Co-Chair

Lenise Logan

Auction Co-Chair

Alaina Simone

Auction Co-Chair


Nichole Thompson Adams
Tay Dolan
Cathy Elkies
Ashley Collier
Lois Gelernt
Samantha Gilbert
Michèle Gerber Klein
Chelsea Mandel
Leslie Martinez
Harold O’Neal
Lori Rotskoff
Asma Samadani
Daphnee Sanon
Neal Schelberg
Steve Serra