Virtual Galas for Arts Organizations the New Norm

The trend in virtual galas continues for performing arts organizations as pandemic protocols that include social distancing and capacity limits still rule the country. The latest company to enter the fray is The Dance Theatre of Harlem with the Virtual 2020 Visual Gala on Monday, October 19th at 7PM ET.

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Arthur Mitchell, visionary and co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem

“The arts ignite the mind. They give you the possibility to dream and to hope.” – Arthur Miller

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Annual Gala pivots virtual on Monday, Oct. 19

DTH 2020 Virtual Vision Gala

Monday evening, October 19th at 7PM ET is the annual gala for Dance Theatre of Harlem. This year’s event moves virtual and is free to the public via livestream on the company’s YouTube and Facebook channels.  The benefit will be free to all with suggested donations, an online charity auction via CharityBuzz and an option to purchase a virtual gala table.

The special gala event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts with appearances by 15-time Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys and Princeton Professor, MSNBC Contributor, and author Imani Perry. A virtual dance party will immediately follow the event with Brooklyn based DJ and Music Director by way of the DMV, Niara Sterling.

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Free livestream virtual benefits soar

As previously reported in a May feature for Socially Sparked News, “The Galas Must Go On: Free Virtual Livestream Benefits Soar”, the plus side of offering benefit galas free to the public is exposure. Many people may not have been aware of the organization or its mission. Offering the public a rare opportunity to virtually attend its annual fundraising gala provides not only a boost in awareness but potentially a boost in funding.

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The performing arts continues to inspire us, move us and incite us regardless of whether it is live or virtual. Dance, like so many other arts forms, and the spaces in which they perform their crafts remain dark, but the companies and their offerings strive to carry on! Virtual fundraising events are even more crucial now than ever before. We look forward to seeing this trend continue in the arts with great success. – – Forever Socially Sparked®! — tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01