Through our campaign "Representation Matters," we have a goal of raising $6,750 in 30 days to send under-served teens and young adults of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth community to NYU Skirball's #Stonewall50 performances this spring in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
Under-served youth will experience the educational benefits and creative engagement that live art fosters and we are working to remove cost as a barrier to make that happen. It is our sincere wish that this project will provide young people in need with an opportunity to experience something joyful and meaningful together. You can help!
Over 60 NYU students support Skirball's programs through their time and talents as student workers and interns. They see firsthand how transformative and inspiring live performance can be. Now NYU students, alums, and the community can also help support this important program, "Representation Matters", and help through your contributions and through your advocacy!
This campaign will provide an opportunity for under-served teens and young adults, especially those who experience hardship such as homelessness or other significant challenges, to experience the educational benefits and creative engagement that live art fosters.
NYU Skirball worked closely with NYU's Office of Civic Engagement to identify a local organization that serves young individuals who would most benefit from this program. This is an essential aspect of NYU Skirball’s mission - to develop sophisticated young audiences for the future of live performance.
Our major partner, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), was founded in 1979 by life partners and educators on gay and lesbian issues, Dr. Emery Hetrick, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Damien Martin, a professor at New York University. They heard the heartbreaking story of a homeless 15-year-old boy who had been beaten and thrown out of his emergency shelter because he was gay and they were moved to act.
HMI believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. HMI youth members, ranging in age from 13 to 24, come from over 300 zip codes throughout all of New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. They are of all colors and sizes, come from all kinds of backgrounds, and their enthusiasm and creativity is boundless.
Eleven other local organizations that serve LGBTQ+ youth will also partner with NYU Skirball on this initiative so that their constituents may benefit as well.
Join us today and help support "Representation Matters!"
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All donations, no matter how big or small, help us move toward our goal of bringing students and young adults from under-served communities to an educational NYU Skirball performance. Thank you!!
You’ve just helped pay it forward for a student in need!
You’ll get a personal thank you from us and we’ll put you on our email list to be the first to know about volunteer opportunities for educational events at NYU Skirball.
You’ve just helped pay it forward for two students in need!
Get a social media shout out, a personal thank you from us, and you’ll be the first to know about volunteer opportunities at our educational events at NYU Skirball.
You’ve just helped pay it forward for three students in need AND your gift qualifies you to become a Skirball Member! Includes: Insider subscription to NYU Skirball’s e-newsletter; Discounts on NYU Skirball presentations (up to 30% off 2 Member tickets) & events throughout the year; Advance notice of upcoming events; Exclusive pre-sale opportunities; A personalized NYU Skirball Member card; Special discounts and offers at local Greenwich Village restaurants and shops.
You’ve just helped pay it forward for eight students in need!
Your gift qualifies you to become a Skirball Friend/Dual Member!
All of the benefits Members receive plus:
Personalized membership cards (2);
Complimentary Skirball tote bag or gift;
Complimentary ticket exchanges (savings of $5 per ticket);
VIP seating for Skirball Talks
You’ve just helped pay it forward for eight students in need to attend two shows AND your gift qualifies you to become a Skirball Partner!
All of the benefits Friend/Dual Members receive plus:
Waived ticketing fees (savings of up to $6 per ticket);
Exclusive access and invitations to meet artists;
Invitations to dress rehearsals
You’ve just helped pay it forward for fifteen students in need to attend two shows AND your gift qualifies you to become a Skirball Advocate!
All of the benefits Partners receive plus:
Two complimentary drinks at the lobby café;
Complimentary Skirball cup, available at the lobby café;
Invitations to opening night parties (2);
Private backstage tour
You’ve just helped pay it forward for twenty-five students in need to attend all four shows AND your gift qualifies you to become a Skirball Patron Circle Member!
All of the benefits Advocates receive plus:
Complimentary companion ticket to each show;
Ability to purchase Skirball’s premium house seats;
Dedicated patron line for personalized customer service;
Invitation to season launch party & announcement;
Invitations to patron night dinners and receptions;
Invitations to exclusive “Skirball Talks” Meet & Greets