70th Anniversary


Young Audiences Arts for Learning's

70th Anniversary Gala

Honoring James Rasteh,
Founding Partner of Coast Capital

was held on

November 9, 2022

at the

Mandarin Oriental New York


Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our seven-decade history in support of our ongoing mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

If you were unable to join us, you can still support our 70th Anniversary campaign with a donation. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Davis at barbara@ya.org.

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Musical Guest: Porter Carroll Jr.

Young Audiences' 70th Anniversary Gala will include a special performance by Porter Carroll Jr.

Porter is a singer, songwriter, drummer, percussionist, and founder of Newban (later Atlantic Starr), the rhythm and blues hit machine from the 70s and 80s. He is a member of the number one selling duo in music history, Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates, performing worldwide in his role as percussionist/background vocalist. Porter is also performing in two breakout projects of his own: The Evolution of Cabaret, a “bold and daring nightclub act for the modern world” and Symphony Rhythm & Blues, “the ultimate crossover”.

Performing with Porter Carroll Jr: Andy Abel, Dave Livolsi, Danny Obadia, and Joel Rosenblatt.

Headshot Porter Carroll Jr


National Board of Directors

Nathan W. Pearson, Jr.

Chair Emeritus
Corinne P. Greenberg

James H. Gellert

Vice Chairs
John W. Creamer
Mary Ann Fribourg

Vice Presidents
Thomas R. Berner
Sue Ann Weinberg

William Cox

L. Jan Robertson

Fernando Amaro
James G. Benedict
Bettie Minette Cooper
Dale M. Frehse
L. Scott Greenberg
Marilyn W. Grounds
Sumit Handa
Jean C. Hodges
Marjorie Hyman
Gretchen B. Kimball
Daphne Kis
Peter S. Kraus
Yo-Yo Ma
Wynton Marsalis
Marguerite Moisio
Mary P. Nass 
Robert Sprung
Richard Stoltzman
H. Guyon Townsend III
Prakash Vanguri
Diane K.R. Volk
Pamela Walker

National Advisory Committee
Emanuel Ax
Garth Fagan
Richard Goode
Gary Graffman
Lorin Hollander
Yo-Yo Ma
Wynton Marsalis
Zubin Mehta
Murray Perahia
Itzhak Perlman
Shirley Ririe
Leonard Slatkin
Richard Stoltzman
Michael Tilson Thomas
Deborah Voigt
Charles Wadsworth
Susan Wadsworth
Andre Watts
Pinchas Zukerman



Explore Our Seven Decade History




Registration for this event is now closed, but you can still support our 70th Anniversary Gala with a donation! If you have questions about your registration, please contact Barbara Davis at barbara@ya.org.


COVID-19 event protocol will be based on New York State and City guidance at the time of the event. Health and safety for all guests is our priority, and we will continue to monitor and follow all local guidelines.

In accordance with New York State and City guidance, event guests are not required to wear masks indoors or provide proof of full vaccination at this time.

Young Audiences Arts for Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 13-1688246