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[canceled] Luncheon 2020

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Dear Friends,

The Studio Museum in Harlem continues to take all precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our supporters and staff. Due to the evolving situation related to COVID-19, the Studio Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring Luncheon benefit scheduled for Friday, May 1. 

We are incredibly thankful to you for your past and continued support of our Luncheon, which directly benefits our education programming in and around Harlem. We are especially disappointed about having to cancel the Luncheon this year, as it marks the 20th Anniversary of our signature teen program, Expanding the Walls (ETW), and we were looking forward to welcoming back many of our former education program directors and ETW alumni.

We are deeply grateful to our friends and extended Studio Museum family for their generosity and support during these difficult times. You are in our thoughts, and we hope you continue to be healthy and safe. We look forward to coming together as a community in the months ahead.

Thank you again for everything you do on behalf of the Museum, and its mission to broaden the arts and make them accessible to all audiences.

All best,


12:00 pm

12:30 pm

20th Year Commemoration

Expanding the Walls: Making Connections between Photography, History and Community

Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Letter from Thelma Golden


Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that The Studio Museum in Harlem Spring Luncheon 2020 will be held this year on Friday, May 1 at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. The festivities begin at noon with a reception in the Mandarin’s Grand Foyer and continues with an elegant lunch and program in the hotel’s Main Salon. We hope you will join us and take advantage of this early opportunity to purchase your tickets online.

Since the spring of 2007, artists, business leaders, cultural luminaries, and philanthropists have joined together in support of Studio Museum’s innovative arts and education programs, highlighting the institution’s educational and programmatic achievements over the years. This year, Spring Luncheon will include the commemoration of the 20th session of Studio Museum’s most celebrated student arts education initiative: Expanding the Walls: Making Connections between Photography, History and Community.

Expanding the Walls is an annual, eight-month residency in which New York-area high school students explore the history and techniques of photography. Through experimentation, discussion, gallery visits and workshops, the students build community as each explores and defines his or her art practice. Each residency concludes with a highly anticipated group exhibition of the students’ work.

As we celebrate this important milestone and look toward the future, The Studio Museum in Harlem needs your support more than ever. Since its founding in 1968, the Museum has been committed to keeping education at its core by engaging diverse communities through the creation and presentation of art. In 2019, the Museum’s education programs for schools, families, teens, and seniors reached over 5,000 attendees. Your generous support of Spring Luncheon will help to further solidify the Museum’s work and mission as it continues to provide extraordinary educational and artistic programming throughout Harlem and New York City at partner and satellite locations during the construction of our new home.

To be included on the supporter list of the digital invitation, please purchase your table or seat before Thursday, March 5. You may purchase online, or by returning the downloadable response form, along with your payment, to:

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Spring Luncheon 2020
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

For assistance, please email luncheon@studiomuseum.org or contact the Museum’s Special Events Office at 212.864.4500 x218.

Thank you for your amazing support of Studio Museum’s work. I look forward to seeing you on May 1!

Warm regards,



Thelma Golden
Director and Chief Curator

Board of Trustees

Raymond J. McGuire, Chairman

Carol Sutton Lewis, Vice-Chair

Rodney M. Miller Sr., Treasurer

Jacqueline L. Bradley, Secretary


Laura Day Baker

Dr. Anita Blanchard

Kathryn C. Chenault

Joan S. Davidson

Gordon J. Davis, Esq.

Damien R. Dwin

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Sandra Grymes

Arthur J. Humphrey Jr.

George L. Knox

Nancy L. Lane

Dr. Michael L. Lomax

Bernard I. Lumpkin

Dr. Amelia Ogunlesi

Holly Peterson

Ann G. Tenenbaum

Reginald Van Lee

Lise Wilks



Hon. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York

Roxanne John, Mayoral Designee

Hon. Kathleen Hughes, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator

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