2019 New York Gala Experience Packages and Support Opportunities

Our unique Experience Packages for the 125th Anniversary New York Gala offer you the chance to enjoy exclusive access to distinguished artists and scholars of the Academy.

You can also browse a list of Support Opportunities, which help to enrich the day-to-day life at the Academy.

Your participation will provide critical support for AAR Fellows and programs.

When in Rome…

$30,000

Prepare yourself for the ultimate insider’s view of Rome. Enjoy accommodations for two nights for up to six people in our 17th century Villa Aurelia, an architectural jewel with 3.8 acres of gardens and panoramic views of the Eternal City. Savor a special lunch prepared by the Rome Sustainable Food Project with Academy Fellows and Residents. Embark on a private, customized tour of Rome’s famed historic sites with the Academy’s Director. As an added benefit, enjoy the opportunity to organize a private dinner at the Villa Aurelia with no rental fee (additional charges apply).

Villa accommodations are based on dual occupancy and are subject to availability.
 

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Get Real with Laurie Anderson, 2006 Resident

$15,000

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers. Best known for her multimedia presentations, innovative use of technology, and first-person style, she is a writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Join Anderson for cocktails at her SoHo studio and a walk-through of her current virtual reality work, “To the Moon.” Maximum four people for tour.
 

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Buyer’s Choice: New York or Rome Tours with John Ochsendorf, AAR Director and 2008 Fellow

$15,000

Whether you find yourself in the Empire City or the Eternal City, AAR Director, Professor of Architecture at MIT, and Guastavino expert, John Ochsendorf, will be your guide.

Choose your preferred location and prepare for a one-of-a-kind expedition!

The Domes of Rome

Spend a day with Ochsendorf exploring the monumental vaulted architecture of Rome and learn about the design and construction of the city’s great architectural treasures, along with their history and hidden secrets, followed by drinks and dinner with Fellows and Residents at the Academy. The next morning, enjoy a tour of the Academy grounds and lunch with the AAR community.
Tour for up to six people. Includes a two-night stay at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia for up to six people.

*can be redeemed through June 19, 2020

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Vaults of New York

Ochsendorf will take up to ten guests on a personal guided tour of some of the city’s grandest early 20th century interior spaces built by the Guastavino family. Learn about the state-of-the-art design and construction of iconic landmarks including Carnegie Hall, Temple Emmanuel, and Grand Central Terminal, along with their history and secrets. Followed by cocktails at the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

*can be redeemed week of April 20, 2020 or anytime in September-October 2020.

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Tuscany Meets Napa: Explore Antica Winery

Opening bid: $12,000

Enjoy a private tour, tasting, and lunch at the Antica estate in beautiful Napa Valley. Antica’s wines are crafted by one of the world’s oldest and most highly respected wine producers: the Antinori family. While the family’s winemaking history has been synonymous with Tuscany and Umbria for over 600 years, Antica continues the Antinori tradition of crafting exceptional estate wines that are a true expression of the Napa Valley terroir. Alessia Antinori, a member of the 26th generation of Antinori winemakers, will oversee every detail of your visit to ensure you and your guests will have a true taste of Italy stateside.

Maximum 8 people.
 

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Put It in Writing: Your Name in Francine Prose’s Next Book

$7,500

Francine Prose (2006 Resident) is the award-winning author of several New York Times bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction, including A Changed ManLovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Blue Angel, and Reading Like a Writer. Here is your chance to forever be immortalized in literature by having a character named after you (or a friend or loved one) in Prose’s latest novel, “The Vixen,” forthcoming from HarperCollins (publication date TBD). 
 

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Meet Me at the Met: Tour with C. Brian Rose, 1992 Fellow and 2012 Resident

$5,000

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roman, Greek, and Etruscan collections on a personal guided tour with C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Maximum ten people for tour.
 

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Divine Design: Consultation with Architect Calvin Tsao, 2010 Resident

$5,000

Calvin Tsao’s work has been described as a “sensuous vision of modernism . . . always with an emphasis on materials’ emotional as well as aesthetic qualities.” Calvin and his partner, Zack McKown, are motivated to resolve and reflect their clients’ needs and aspirations, which has garnered them clients from Meryl Streep and Ian Schrager to companies like Shu Uemura and Sunbrella. Spend the afternoon with Calvin in his studio to learn about color theory and how he works with materials to create luscious and elegant environments. Then bring Calvin’s design insights and sensibility to one space in your own home or office and enjoy a design diagnostic by him and his firm, Tsao & McKown Architects.
 

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MoMA Returns: Tour of New Galleries with Sean Anderson, 2005 Fellow

$5,000

Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, will guide you through the newly-expanded and reimagined MoMA, with special emphasis on the postwar and contemporary exhibitions, followed by lunch or drinks. The museum’s expansion, developed by MoMA with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, adds more than 40,000 square feet of gallery spaces and enables the Museum to exhibit significantly more art in new and interdisciplinary ways.  Maximum 8 people for tour.
 

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Support Opportunity: Internships for Young Chefs

$7,500 or $30,000

Founded by Alice Waters, the AAR’s Rome Sustainable Food Project is both a production and teaching kitchen. The RSFP internship teaches emerging chefs about Roman cuisine and running a sustainable kitchen. Help underwrite one or more RSFP interns, or an entire internship session, and foster the next generation of American chefs inspired by the Italian tradition.
 

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Support Opportunity: Books for the Library

$1,500

The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library is a treasured resource for scholars working in Rome and is home to 160,000 volumes in the fields of classical studies and the history of Italian art and architecture. Help enrich and expand this collection for Fellows and the public.
 

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Support Opportunity: A Greener Academy

$1,500

Propel the AAR on its path to environmental sustainability by supporting our green initiatives. We are working on solar panels to capture the abundant Roman sunlight, updating light fixtures with energy efficient LED bulbs, and zoned heating and hot water for more intelligent usage in our historic McKim, Mead and White building.
 

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