Let Me Speak
2019 Annual Benefit

Monday, November 11, 2019

Tribeca 360°
10 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013

6pm Cocktails + Silent Auction | 7pm Dinner + Awards
Silent Auction by NCAC’s Arts Advocacy Program | Hosted on Paddle8 from October 2019

Additional honorees and auction information to be announced!


Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds was named the American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, and served as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Jason’s many works of fiction include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You, For Every One, Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor and most recently Look Both Ways. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019) was a ground-breaking artist, whose multidisciplinary practice includes painting, assemblage, performance, and film. By connecting the kinetic nature of her early paintings and assemblages to her radical performances and films, Schneemann’s work has made a permanent mark on the history of art. Her pioneering work with the body repeatedly faced censorship: from cancelled screenings of her experimental 1967 film Fuses to removals of documentation from her 1975 performance Interior Scroll from exhibitions. Throughout, she fought boldly for artistic freedom and refused to be afraid. Carolee Schneemann was a passionate supporter of NCAC’s work and took part in several NCAC programs. Born in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, Schneemann found home in Paris, London, and New York City. She spent the last quarter of her life living and working in her country residence in New Paltz, New York. Her critically acclaimed traveling retrospective, Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, was presented at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and MoMA PS1, New York. Schneemann’s work is included in major museum collections around the world including the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Tate Modern, England; Centre Pompidou, France; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. In 2017, Schneemann was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Wendy Olsoff, Co-Founder of P.P.O.W. will accept on Carolee’s behalf. Olsoff co-founded P.P.O.W alongside Penny Pilkington in the first wave of the East-Village Art Scene in New York City in 1983. Since its inception, the gallery has remained true to its early vision, exhibiting politically and socially conscious contemporary work in all media. An alumna of William Smith College, Olsoff has lectured extensively throughout the United States at universities and museums. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Visual AIDS Vanguard Award for the gallery’s dedication and support of artists in the LGBTQ community and her ongoing leadership in the fight against censorship. Olsoff is a founding Charter member of the Feminist Art Council at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum and serves on the Boards of Directors for both the Art Dealers Association of America and Visual AIDS.

Event Chair

Justin Chanda

Justin Chanda is the Senior Vice President and Publisher of the S&S Books for Young Readers imprint and the McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers Imprints. He has been at S&S for 14 years. He cofounded the Salaam Reads imprint in 2016. He oversees the publication of nearly three hundred and fifty titles per year ranging from picture book to YA and everything in between. He is keenly interested in publishing books that are equal parts commercial and literary, books that make a contribution to the tradition, while truly entertaining kids. Aside working with a terrific editorial team he has the privilege of editing talents authors and illustrators such as Patricia MacLachlan, Peter Brown, Jessie Sima, E.R. Frank,  SJ Kincaid, Carter Goodrich, Aaron Reynolds, Michael Ian Black, Karma Wilson, Debbie Ohi, and Morgan Matson. Justin is also an adjunct instructor for the NYU Graduate Publishing Program.

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