Spend an enchanted evening downtown with artists at The Bowery Hotel, an icon of New York nightlife! Hosted by award-winning actor and director John Slattery (Mad Men, Spotlight), our National Benefit draws luminaries, friends and benefactors for an unforgettable night of performance and celebration. Our National Benefit will feature an auction with unique items from Yaddo artists and a musical performance from cutting edge Avant-pop group Arthur Moon.

Sponsor Our National Benefit

Reserve early to become a sponsor and support the hundreds of artists who depend on Yaddo as an essential resource. Join in for VIP cocktails under the stars, and receive exclusive invitations to artist experiences from March through September.

Sponsorship starts at $7,500 and offers an array of benefits to thank you for supporting the arts. Preview our sponsorship opportunities here, and kindly contact Lisa Dierbeck, Director of Development, ldierbeck@yaddo.org, to secure your spot.

John Slattery

One of the most sought-after character actors in the field today, John Slattery has a distinguished career on stage as well as in film and television. He starred on the hit series Mad Men and in the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight, playing newspaper editor Ben Bradlee, Jr. Slattery has played parts ranging from politicians to high school principals and has worked with other leading artists such as Juliette Binoche, Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock.  A recipient of multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance, he has been a nominee for four Emmys. He appeared in recurring roles on Will and Grace and Sex in the City, among others, and in such recent Marvel films as Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Endgame

Merissa Blitz

Arthur Moon is the moniker of Lora-Faye Åshuvud, who lives and works in Brooklyn. Åshuvud melds pop, electronic, and experimental sensibilities to make their genre bending music. NPR’s Bob Boilen writes of Arthur Moon that they have “the quirky freshness I first heard from New York artists such as Laurie Anderson and Talking Heads in the late 1970s and more recently with Dirty Projectors.” Åshuvud collaborates on the Arthur Moon project with Cale Hawkins (Quincy Jones, Raveena), Martin D. Fowler (a composer for This American Life), Dave Palazola (Sinkane) and Aviva Jaye (Dessa, Emily King).

National Benefit Host Committee

Lisa Cortés
Shanté Cozier & Mark King
Willem Dafoe
Hernan Diaz
Jennifer Egan
Kati Gegenheimer & Mark Gibson
Ethan Hawke
Lynn Nottage & Tony Gerber
Boots Riley

We thank our generous sponsors:

Chair Circle

Janice Y.K. Lee and Joseph Bae

Champion Circle

Stacie and Michael Arpey


Ann and Paul Chen


Marilynn and Willis Goldsmith

J.P. Morgan

Jill Viney

Patron Circle


Susan Brynteson

Elizabeth and Richard Howe


Sarah and Jamie O’Donnell

Genie and Don Rice

Matthew S. Santirocco

Elaina Richardson and Isam Salah

Amy and David Sorkin

Supporter Circle

Jennifer Egan

Zibby Owens

Penguin Random House

Amy Sillman

Laura Svienty

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Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 82 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 MacArthur Fellowships, 71 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature. Learn more about the impact of Yaddo.

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