The event, held November 19 in Washington D.C., raised $1 million in support of the museum’s exhibition programming.
Two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening, Fela!), Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy-winning actor and singer Rita Moreno (West Side Story, The Ritz), and two-time Academy Award-nominated director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, 4 Little Girls) were among the five individuals honored at the Smithsonian’s biennial American Portrait Gala November 19 in Washington, D.C. The event raised $1 million to support the museum’s exhibition programming.
The honorees, whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery, were presented with the Portrait of a Nation Prize for their lasting impact on history, development, and culture.
Flip through photos of the event below:
Go Inside the Smithsonian’s American Portrait Gala, Honoring Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee, and More