Baryshnikov Arts Center

Roy Assaf Dance in <em>The Hill</em> BAC's 10th Anniversary Fall Fête 2015 Visual Artist Desire Obtain Cherish and BAC Board Chairman Diana DiMenna, Fall Fête 2016 Fall Fête 2016 Silent Art Auction Singer/songwriter Somi, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Colleen Keegan, Fall Fête 2016
Roy Assaf Dance in The Hill
BAC's 10th Anniversary Fall Fête 2015
Visual Artist Desire Obtain Cherish and BAC Board Chairman Diana DiMenna, Fall Fête 2016
Fall Fête 2016 Silent Art Auction
Singer/songwriter Somi, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Colleen Keegan, Fall Fête 2016
Photo by Peter Sayers Photo by James Klosty Photo by James Klosty
Photo by Peter Sayers
Photo by James Klosty
Photo by James Klosty
Baryshnikov Arts Center

Fall Fête 2017

BAC's annual Fall Fête on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Baryshnikov Arts Center is an intimate festive event raising funds to support performances and residencies year-round. The program will feature a N.Y. Premiere from Israel's Roy Assaf Dance and the N.Y. Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Retrieve, commissioned through BAC's inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship.

The evening will include an art auction powered by Paddle8. To register in advance for bidding, please visit or download the Paddle8 app from the App store. Bidding opens September 18.

Fall Fête Chairs
Diana + Joseph DiMenna

Fall Fête Committee
Laurie Beckelman, Reginald and Aliya Browne, Marianne Lockwood and David Bury, Alexei Lubimov, Ambassador William and Wendy Luers, Robert and Carol Morris, Ohad Naharin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabella Rossellini, Dawn Sequeira, Alan and Sandy Siegel, Barry and Hilary Weinstein
As of July 18, 2017

Fall Fête Auction Co-Chairs
Natasha Schlesinger + Shaune Arp

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Cage Cunningham Fund

John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s contributions to contemporary 20th century art and culture transformed the performing arts.

Baryshnikov Arts Center’s (BAC) commitment to artistic innovation aspires to reflect and extend their groundbreaking work.

In January 2014, BAC launched the two-year, $1 million Cage Cunningham Campaign to honor their contributions through creating the Cage Cunningham Fund to award artist fellowships and to name BAC’s Studio 6A The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio.

We are pleased to announce that thanks to the inspirational support of over 80 donors, we reached our goal.

The Cage Cunningham Fund will directly support future generations of artists who are continuing Cage and Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation. Starting in 2016, the Cage Cunningham Fund will award $50,000 Cage Cunningham Fellowships annually to an artist reflecting Cage and Cunningham’s commitment to collaboration, experimentation and rigor. 

The inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellow is a creative visionary who has had a profound influence on the advancement of contemporary composers and the avant-garde: Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov. In accord with BAC's intention for the Fellowship to support development of new work, Lubimov will apply his entire $50,000 award to commission five composers that he has identified as being at the forefront of music innovation. They are Russian composers Anton Batagov, Pavel Karmanov, and Sergei Zagny, and American composers Bryce Dessner and Julia Wolfe. 

The John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio is the first physical space named in Cage and Cunningham’s honor. Naming this space at BAC creates an especially vital tribute in New York City’s cultural landscape—Cage and Cunningham’s home and site of creative exploration for the majority of their careers.

Initial leadership gifts to the campaign were given by BAC Trustee Suzanne Weil and BAC’s Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov. New and additional funds were raised thanks to the DiMenna Match, generously led by BAC Trustee Diana DiMenna and her husband, Joe DiMenna.  Tremendous leadership support of the Campaign was awarded by the Merce Cunningham Trust.

Cage and Cunningham were fearless artistic leaders. We are honored to be able to carry on the legacy and spirit of their work.

Thank you for helping us lead the Cage Cunningham Campaign to success.

Read the New York Times feature on BAC's launch of the Cage Cunningham Campaign.

Read the press release announcing The DiMenna Match.

Read the New York Times announcement of the Merce Cunningham Trust's leadership gift to the Cage Cunningham Campaign.

Read the New York Times announcement of the inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellow.

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Annual Fund

Baryshnikov Arts Center is a nonprofit organization sustained, in part, by financial contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.  Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to support artists across all disciplines in the development and presentation of their work. 

Contributions to the Annual Fund support artist-centered programs including residencies and commissions of new work, as well as affordable public performances.  Annual Fund donors are recognized on BAC’s website and in the annual report.

Donations to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. You can donate online by clicking the Donate Now button, or mail checks or money orders payable to Baryshnikov Arts Center to:

Development Department
Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10018

Please let us know if your company has a matching gift program. By sending us your company’s matching gift form, you can double or triple the impact of your gift.

Throughout the year we also host special events at BAC to support our work.

Your support, at any level, is vital to our organization. Please help us continue our unique programs for artists and audiences at BAC.

Baryshnikov Arts Center thanks you for your support!

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Campaign for the Jerome Robbins Theater

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is offering individuals, families, and companies the opportunity to express their love of the arts by making a seat-naming gift and becoming a permanent part of the Jerome Robbins Theater. Dedicate a single seat or a two- or three-seat bench – in the orchestra or balcony of the Jerome Robbins Theater – in your own name, or in honor or memory of someone else.  Brushed silver plaques will be engraved and affixed to the backs of the seats. All seats are named in perpetuity.  Requests will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Accommodations will be made whenever possible for specific seat requests. Gifts are fully tax-deductible and will support world-class programming in the Jerome Robbins Theater and BAC’s mission to provide access to the arts by keeping tickets affordable.

Below are the available seat-naming opportunities.

JRT Campaign Seat Selection


Brushed silver plaques will be engraved and affixed to the backs of the seats.

JRT Campaign Seat Selection


Brushed silver plaques will be engraved and affixed to the backs of the seats.

Baryshnikov Arts Center

BAC Thanks Our Generous Supporters

2016–2017 Annual Fund


  • Jennifer Adams
  • Anonymous (7)
    Pierre Apraxine
    Darcy Bacon
    Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart
    Dr. Phillip Bauman
    Carol Baxter and Loren Plotkin
    Talia Bilodeau
    Leon and Debra Black
    Tina and Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund
    Catherine Brennan
    Clyde Brownstone
    Valentino D. Carlotti
    Carroll Cartwright
    Meredith Caruso
    Fadi, Terri and Claudine Chartouni
  • Mirjana Ciric and Dino Buturovic
    Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko
    Brian Coleman and Olga Smagarinskaya
    Frank and Monique Cordasco
    Nancy Dalva
    Edoard Dejoux
    Michael and Denise Deleray
    Richard and Jennie DeScherer
    Michael Devins
    Joseph and Diana DiMenna
    Katie Dixon and Richard Fleming
  • Elizabeth Doud
    Debbie and Harry Druker
    James H. Duffy
    Cheryl Lee and Steven C. Dupré
    Jennifer and Russell Echlov
    Gwen Edelman
    Ehrenkranz Family Foundation
    Brittawnee Enos
  • Daniel Ezralow
    Barbara File
    Michele Lee Fine
    Barbara Fleischman
    Richard and Nicole Fortson
    Sandra Foschi
    Natasha Frank
  • Alex and Jenia Fridlyand
  • Randy Gaugert
  • Edward Geffner and Suzanne Spinrad
    Philip Giambanco
    Paola Gianturco
    Jon Gilman & Brad Learmonth
    Brianna Gitnik
    Slavka B. Glaser
    Rebecca Gradinger
    Peter Greenleaf
    Louise Guenther
    Agnes Gund
    Dr. Ayele Hadero
    Annie and John Hall
    Elaine M. Halpin
    Charles Hamlen
    The Hare Family
    Nicole and Paul Harman
    Elisabeth Hayes
    Brian and Tania Higgins
    Roger and Joan Hooker
    In Honor of Roger Hooker
  • Sarah Hooker
    Huong Hoang
    Fredericka Hunter
    Mary Anne Hunting and Thomas Remien
  • Susan Israel
    Laith and Adele Jazrawi
  • Bobbo Jetmundsen
    Carine Joannou
    Stephanie Joel
    Annie Jordan
    Zuzana Justman
    Julia and Michael Katz
    Colleen Keegan
    Drs. Nadine and Leo Keegan
    Donald M. Kendall
    Paul and Teresa Kim
    Joan Konner and Alvin Perlmutter
    Sonja Kostich
    Herman Krawitz
    Sali Ann Kriegsman
  • Iya Labunka
    Mark Ladner and Julie Ross
  • Nicole Liebman
  • Tania J. Leon
    The LeRoy Family
    Charlie and Lorie Levy
  • Harvey Lichtman and Lauren Best
    Jarrett and Maritess Lilien
    Julie Lilien
  • Topper Lilien
    Jane Lipton
    Lew Lloyd
    Nicholas Lloyd and Megan Craig
    Marianne Lockwood and David Bury
    Nick and Cass Ludington
    David M. and N. Heller McAlpin
  • Paul and Caroline McCaffery
    Sarah and Alec Machiels
  • Elizabeth Manigault
    Cheryl Yeager Marshall
    Patrick A. Meere, MD and Ingrid E. Weigel, MD
    Jane & Richard Mescon
    Adam Miller
    Valerie and Stuart Mogul
    In Honor of Natalie Moody
    Aidan Mooney
  • Mark Morris
    Cheri Mowry
  • Marion Nestle
    Elizabeth Osha
    Hubert and Joanna Parzecki
  • Ray Pepi and Karen Arrigoni
    Steven and Michèle Pesner
    Steve and Randi Piaker
  • Georgiana Pickett
    Darryl Pinckney
    Lily Potter
    Tamar Quillen
    Aidan and Elizabeth Quinn
    Judith Regan
    Laila Robins
    James Roe
    John S. Rockwell
    Leslie Ruff
  • David Saltonstall
  • Hillary Schafer and Mark Shafir
    Dorothy Scheuer
    Natasha Schlesinger
  • Laura Schoen
    Fiorenza Scholey
  • Sherry Schwartz
    Tatiana Segal
    Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan
    Wallace Shawn
    Jeremy Smith
  • Ellen Sorrin and David York
    Christina Sterner and Steve Poses
    Keith Stubblefield
    Rosalie Swedlin
  • Teresa Thrun
    Jennifer Tipton
    Rosanna and John Troiano
    Igor Tsukanov
  • Robert Warshaw and Debbie Schmidt
  • Robert Thorpe and Laurie David
    Mary R. Waters
    Suzanne Weil
  • Roger Weisberg and Karen Freedman
    Carolyn F. Wiener
    World Wide-Holdings Fund in The New York Community Trust, in honor of Victor Elmaleh
    Yelena Yoffe and Serge Troyanovsky
  • Tony Zisa


  • Affirmation Arts Fund
  • The AG Foundation
  • American Chai Trust
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust
  • Blavatnik Family Foundation
  • Capezio-Ballet Makers Dance Foundation
  • Citizens of Humanity
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • The Enoch Foundation
  • FACE Foundation
    Ferriday Fund Charitable Trust
    Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Marshall Frankel Foundation
  • Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Harkness Foundation for Dance
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • Francena T. Harrison Foundation Trust
  • The Jim Henson Foundation
  • Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
  • Kent-Lucas Foundation
  • Kiwi Partners
  • The Luce Della Vite Estate in Montalcino, Italy
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Mertz Gilmore Foundation
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation
  • Princess Grace Foundation-USA
  • rag & bone
  • The Reed Foundation
  • Renova USA
  • The Jerome Robbins Foundation
  • Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund
  • Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
  • The Shubert Foundation
    The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
    St. John
  • The Thompson Family Foundation
  • Trust for Mutual Understanding
  • UNIX Gallery
  • Walter Family Foundation

  • Lead support of dance programming at Baryshnikov Arts Center is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
  • Baryshnikov Arts Center is also grateful for support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council. Funding is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Yamaha is the official piano of the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Fall Fête 2016

Sarah Arison and Tom Wilhelm
Jody and John Arnhold
Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart
Simon Basner
Carol Baxter and Loren Plotkin
Laurie Beckelman and Michael Horst
Leo Biagini
Elsie Blackburn
Bloomberg Philanthropies
David Booth
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Borer
Catherine M. Brennan
Anya and Peter Cole
Frank and Monique Cordasco
Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer
Diana and Joseph DiMenna
Ashiya Dudhia
James H. Duffy
Cheryl Lee and Steven C. Dupré
The Charles Engelhard Foundation
Barbara G. Fleischman
Stella Hall and Jim Fordyce  
Sandra Foschi
Liz Frankel and Charlie Steinhorn
Slavka B. Glaser
Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin
Elaine Halpin
Charles Hamlen
Joan Hooker
Carine Joannou
Stephanie Joel
Zuzana Justman
Colleen Keegan
Jessica Lange
Kate Lear and Jon LaPook
Jarrett and Maritess Lilien
Alejandro Malespin
David Marshall and Cheryl Yeager
Tamara McCaw
Sandra McNaughton
Daniela Mercuri and Alex Cesaria
Joseph Mizzi, Sciame Construction
Aidan Mooney
Robert and Carol Morris
Mark R. Morris
Marty Nealon
David Neville
Irina Pavlova
Michèle and Steven Pesner
Aidan Quinn
Liz Gerring Radke and Kirk Radke  
rag & bone  
The Jerome Robbins Foundation
Isabella Rossellini
Vesna and Howard Sacks
Elena Sardarova
Gale Barrett Shrady
Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan
David Saltonstall
Michael Tersigni and David Palachek
Jan and Marica Vilcek
Marcus Wainwright
Suzanne Weil

Cage Cunningham Campaign

  • American Express
    Anonymous (4)
    David Bailin
    Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa Rinehart
    Robert Bielecki
    Carolyn Brown
    Nadia Burgard
    Arlene Cooper
    Frank and Monique Cordasco
    Michael Cunningham
    Nancy Dalva
    Richard and Jennie DeScherer
    Janet Dewan
    Joseph and Diana DiMenna
    Katie Dixon and Richard Fleming
    Elizabeth Doud
    Ally Duffey
    James H. Duffy
    Ruth Eisenberg
    Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman
    Barbara G. Fleischman
    Martha J. Fleischman
    Sandra Foschi
    Catherine Gallant
    Carol Giles-Straight
    Slavka B. Glaser
    Andrew Goffe and Jeff Levin
    Agnes Gund
    Elaine Halpin
    Irving Harris Foundation
    Melissa Harris
    Brian and Tania Higgins
    Huong Hoang
    Deirdre Howley
    Roger and Joan Hooker
    Stephanie Joel
    Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation
    Colleen Keegan
    Maureen Keleher
    Penelope Laughton
    Patricia Lent
    Jarrett and Maritess Lilien
    The Luce Della Vite Estate in Montalcino, Italy
    Kristine Shays Lupi
    Myra Malkin
    Lee Manigault
    Bonnie Marranca
    Danny Melita and Kristy Santimyer-Melita
    Merce Cunningham Trust
    Ryan MacGavin
    Timothy McClimon and Suzanne Berman
    Aidan Mooney
    Kirsten Munro
    Soo Pak
    Steven and Michèle Pesner
    Georgiana Pickett
    Alla Polotskaia
    Judith Ratner-Amack
    James E. Robison Foundation
    Angelica and Neil Rudenstine
    Vesna and Howard Sacks
    David Saltonstall
    Vernon Scott
    Valda Setterfield
    Noreen T. Shipman
  • Gus Solomons Jr.
    Allan Sperling and Ferne Goldberg Sperling
    Christina Sterner
    Lucy Nell Stewart
    Keith Stubblefield
    Jennifer Tipton
    Tuma Family Trust
    Nancy Umanoff
    Marya Ursin
  • Jan and Marica Vilcek
    In Memory of John L. Voorhees
    Prue Wallis
    Suzanne Weil
    David Weller
    Roger Weisberg and Karen Freedman
    Lynn Wichern and David Wolfson
    Anne Zarrella

The Campaign for the Jerome Robbins Theater

  • Arison Arts Foundation
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Victor Elmaleh Foundation
  • The Howard Gilman Foundation
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • The Jerome Robbins Foundation
  • Eiko Blow
  • Dr. and Mrs. Frank Cordasco
  • Cheryl Lee and Steven Dupré
  • William and Serena Lese
  • David Neumann
  • Dennis and Ellie Serras
  • LeGrande Serras

As of June 22, 2017




Baryshnikov Arts Center

Support BAC

BAC is a non-profit arts organization relying on gifts from many generous organizations and individuals. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support BAC programs.

All contributions will be acknowledged on BAC’s website and in the annual report.  Your generosity is very meaningful to us and we look forward to your continued support.

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Photos: Merce Cunningham and John Cage by Peter Sayers / Danièle Desnoyers by Julieta Cervantes / Jerome Robbins Theater by Francis Dzikowski/Esto, Courtesy of H3 Architecture