NYU Steinhardt will honor renowned songwriter Paul Simon and noted philanthropists Art and Linda Carter at its benefit gala on Wednesday, May 7. The evening’s events will feature a special performance by Paul Simon at the Beacon Theater, followed by a dinner reception at Per Se Restaurant. All funds raised at the Gala will go towards student scholarships.
“At NYU Steinhardt we celebrate the creative spirit, and the NYU Steinhardt Vision Award recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience,” said Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck. “We’re extremely proud to recognize this year’s recipients – Linda and Art Carter for their generous gifts and passionate advocacy on behalf of the arts, children and education; and Paul Simon for his humanitarian outreach and distinctive musical vision which continues to inspire NYU Steinhardt students and people around the world.”
Linda and Art Carter’s contributions as university leaders and their generous gifts to NYU and the Steinhardt School have deepened and enriched the culture and academic life of NYU. The Carters are supporters of New York City’s cultural institutions as well as its schools, arts organizations, and programs that provide essential health services to all New Yorkers.
Linda Carter, a member of the Steinhardt Dean’s Council, received her Ph.D. in Clinical School Psychology from the Steinhardt School. A clinical associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Langone School of Medicine, she is founding director of NYU Child Study Center's esteemed family studies program. Arthur Carter has been an investment banker, a publisher, an artist, and a college professor. Through his private equity holding company, Utilities & Industries Corp., he has owned and operated more than one hundred companies. Mr. Carter is the founder of The New York Observer and the award-winning Litchfield County Times. He is also a lifetime trustee of NYU where the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute supports the idea that journalism has a serious public mission and can make a difference in the world.
Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including twelve Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Simon has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song “Mrs. Robinson,” from the film The Graduate, was one of the top ten songs on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Songs. In 2007, Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, Simon was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” Simon is the co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF). He has also raised millions of dollars for causes as varied as AMFAR, the Nature Conservancy, the Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa, Autism Speaks, and the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation.
The 2014 Visions Award Gala marks Steinhardt’s 2nd gala fundraiser, and is part of NYU’s Momentum Campaign, a University-wide development initiative dedicated to raising $1 billion in funds earmarked for student scholarships over the next five years. Last year’s gala raised over $1.2 million in scholarships for Steinhardt students. Travel for gala participants is made possible by the generous support of American Airlines.
The Gala will kick off at the Beacon Theater, located at 2124 Broadway between 74th and 75th streets, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Transportation will be provided to the after party at Per Se, located at 10 Columbus Circle. To RSVP attendance to the Steinhardt Gala, visit http://bit.ly/1gbTJvo.
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Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit: steinhardt.nyu.edu.