Albany Museum’s 2022 Art Ball planned for its future home
January 9 – ALBANY ─ The Albany Museum of Art’s signature annual event, AMA Art Ball, returns February 26 to celebrate art with a glimpse into the future of the museum.
Art Ball 2022 will take place in the future home of the museum in the former Belk department store building, officially introducing the AMA family to the first stage of the museum’s metamorphosis into a grand new downtown arts center.
“The AMA is thrilled to host what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration in the heart of our beloved Albany,” AMA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf said in a press release. “The idea behind this year’s theme, ‘Metamorphosis,’ is the museum’s plan to evolve in visible and meaningful ways to become even more relevant to our brothers and sisters in Albany and to visitors from further afield. We We are honored to continue this journey into the heart of Albany.”
After Art Ball was revamped in 2021 as a hybrid collection of small diners and Art-Ball-in-a-Box at-home options due to the pandemic, “Art Ball 2022: Metamorphosis” will once again be a gala. optional black tie with cocktails, gourmet meal, live musical entertainment, dancing and live and silent auctions.
The co-chairs of Art Ball 2022 are Meryl K. Joiner and Bronwyn Bates.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event,” said Joiner, who is also a member of the museum’s board of trustees. “The AMA brings so much joy through art to Albany, and I hope that with change on the horizon and the event being held downtown, we will see great success and support as a result. “
“These last few years have changed us all,” Bates said. “I think we’ve become different, hopefully better and more resilient versions of ourselves. The museum is doing the same and that metamorphosis is reflected in this year’s AMA Art Ball theme. Move, grow, be part of the downtown Albany while representing our community as a whole, the museum is transforming into a new version of itself, and we’re excited to show the first steps of that change on February 26th.
Art Ball’s importance to the Albany Museum of Art cannot be overstated. The large annual fundraiser raises awareness of the museum and its work and supports important programs including free admission for all, exhibitions, art camps and educational programs.
“We are thrilled to celebrate our future home by hosting Art Ball downtown,” said Chloe Hinton, Director of AMA Membership and Development. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and provides essential support for much of our mission.”
Hinton said sponsorships are critical to the success of the event. As of press time, Upland Wealth Advisors and BMW of Albany and Albany Motorcars have signed on as major sponsors.
“We are so grateful for these sponsorships from these great local businesses,” Hinton said. “They are truly making a difference in our community through their unwavering support of the AMA and its work.”
“We’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Alicia Gregory, chief financial officer of BMW of Albany and Albany Motorcars. “We are excited to know that the museum is planning to move downtown, and we are excited to see all the revitalization of downtown. It will benefit the community. Being part of the excitement is great fun for us. It’s very energizing.
Dinner will be hosted by Stewbos Group and dance music will be provided by popular Atlanta party band The New Royals, who perform 1990s-2000s popular music, R&B hits and 1960s party anthems -1980.
New this year will be an “after dinner” option in which AMA guests can join in the celebration at 9:45 p.m. and enjoy cocktails and dancing.
Additionally, there will be silent and live auctions, as well as the Libby Womack Paddle Raise.
“Through the Libby Womack Paddle Raise, you are contributing directly to the AMA’s educational programming,” Hinton noted. “A big part of that is providing scholarships for kids to attend our art camps. Our goal this year is for half of our campers at this summer’s art camps to be on scholarships. This will go a long way to expand the reach of our educational programs in underserved parts of the community.”
AMA members are also eligible for a special weekly draw starting Monday. Every Monday through February 14, one member will be randomly selected to receive a free ticket for their choice of either the full evening event or the After Dinner option.
“This is a special way to say thank you to our fabulous members for championing the arts in our community through their support of the museum,” Hinton said.
Tickets for the full evening of “Art Ball 2022: Metamorphosis” are $200 for AMA members and $250 for non-members. Corporate tables are also available. Tickets for the After Dinner option are $75 for AMA members and $100 for non-members. Companies and individuals interested in Art Ball tickets or sponsorships can contact Hinton at [email protected] or by calling (229) 439-8400.