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Art Ball 2023: Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

Saturday, February 25, 2023  •  6:30 PM  •  AMA Future Home, 140 W. Broad Ave. 

After a successful debut in 2022 as the venue for Art Ball, the Albany Museum of Art’s signature annual celebration of art and the community, will return to the museum’s future home in downtown Albany on Saturday, Feb 25, for Art Ball: Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler.

“Last year, we formally introduced this exciting new space to our patrons and supporters at Art Ball,” AMA Executive Director Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., said. “As we enter an exciting new phase of the relocation project with great expectations and high energy, we shall indeed ‘let the good times roll’ on this special evening in the heart of our beloved city.”

Co-Chairs for Art Ball 2023 are Jenna McLaurin and Jill King. With the New Orleans-inspired theme Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler, they will present an elegant, black-tie-optional gala with cocktails, a gourmet meal, dancing to live musical entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

While a celebration, Art Ball plays an indispensable role for the Albany Museum of Art as the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Art Ball not only raises awareness about the AMA and its important work in the community, the event raises vital funding that supports free admission for everyone, world-class traveling exhibitions, educational programming, art camps (including scholarships to reach more areas of the community), and more.

AMA Director of Development and Public Programming Chloe Hinton said the event sells out weeks in advance. “Art Ball is a joyful and entertaining night that everyone looks forward to, but more than that, it is an event that enables the AMA to do good work,” Hinton said. “You can enjoy yourself, but will also have the good feeling that your night out on the town is supporting a positive force that is building a better community.”

two women stand in front of a large black and white photograph
Jill King, left, and Jenna McLaurin are the co-chairs of Art Ball 2023.