See Alex Newell and Cynthia Erivo Headline Urban Arts Partnership's 2018 Benefit Gala

Photos   See Alex Newell and Cynthia Erivo Headline Urban Arts Partnership's 2018 Benefit Gala
The annual gala, AmplifiED, took place April 16 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.
Cynthia Erivo Erika Kapin

Urban Arts Partnership's annual gala AmplifiED took place at the Ziegfeld Ballroom April 16. Mike Yard and Emmy Award-winning actor Rory Albanese co-hosted the event, dedicated to raising money to fight injustice in public education. Once On This Island’s Alex Newell and The Color Purple Tony winner Cynthia Erivo performed as headliners of the evening.

Additional special guests included Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple, Orange Is the New Black), Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary), Amir Arison (The Blacklist), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Cecily Strong (SNL), Tracie Thoms (Falsettos, Rent), Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee, Waitress), Diane Neal (Law and Order: SVU), Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and Sadat X.

The night honored Michael Kenneth Williams, a UAP Artistic Board member, activist, and actor; Marissa Shorenstein, the President of AT&T Northeast Region; and the Off-Broadway producer and UAP Board member, Niclas Nagler.

Flip through photos of the evening below:

UAP is a leading non-profit education organization that uses arts-integrated education programs and works to improve the lives of students of 100 low-income schools across New York and Los Angeles.

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