Mavericks? You Bet!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018  Action Maverick Award presented to

Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss

Honorary Event Chair
Lauren Hutton

Kate Clinton

7:00 pm  

8:00 pm
Seated Dinner, Special Performance and Award Presentation

51 North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249


Virtual Auction Powered by Paddle8
Bidding open until May 4 @ 5pm.

Action Architect
Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsor

Andrea Woodner* and Allison Kavey

Extreme Action Hero
Ellen Poss

Action Aces

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dorothy Lichtenstein
George Loening and Kimbrough Towles
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Robert Pollock
Select Equity Group

Dan Allen
Marcy Carsey
Susan Chin and Charles McKinney
Hesu Cou-Wilson and Edward Wilson
Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer
Robert* and Sylvie Fitzpatrick
Ghetto Film School
Joe Hall*
Peryton & Auvere
Eric Price
Doug Steiner
Craig Tooman* and Jill Crawford
Jed Walentas
Paul Wolf*
Risk Takers
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams+
Cris Arguedas and Carole Migden
Hugo Barreca
Cheryl Batzer
Leslie Belzberg
Christine Chen* and Adam Ingrassia
Cheryl Cohen-Effron
Joel Conarroe
Kimberly Conner and Nick Groombridge
Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar
Eve Ensler
Laura Flanders*
John Geraci and Jason Aiello
Paula Gifford and Chris McKenzie
Robert Gober and Donald Moffett
Agnes Gund
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson+
New York City Council Member Stephen Levin+
Helen Marden
Neil A. Mazzella
Friedrike Merck
Susan Nimoy
Ann Philbin
Robert* and Lucy Reitzfeld
Julie Scelfo and James Cavoli
Suzanne Shaker and Pete Dandridge
John Charles Thomas*
New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer+
Richard Willard and Jon Nakagawa
Asaf Yogev and Pawel Tkaczuk
Susan Allee
Alberta Arthurs
Jennifer Aubrey
Brian Berkopec
Anne Bogart
David Bolotsky
Elaine and Norm Brodsky
Michelle Byrd
Chloe Cockburn
Michael Cosaboom
Bruce Ferguson
William Floyd
Danita Geltner and Thomas Gentile
Cynthia Mayeda
Harry Mizrahi
Rosalind Petchesky
David Quinn and Amy Margolis
Donald J. Rose, M.D
Tanya Selvaratnam
Catharine Stimpson and Elizabeth Wood


Benefit Auction Artist Committee
Laurie Anderson
Roni Horn
John Kelly
Annie Leibowitz
Roy Lichtenstein
Robert Longo
Mary Miss
Tom Otterness
Philippe Petit
Lucy Reitzfeld
Robert Reitzfeld*
Matthew Shelley
Cindy Sherman
Pat Steir
Michelle Stuart

Andrea Woodner*

*Member STREB Board of Directors

+Honorary Committee Member

List as of April 10, 2018

What is an Action Maverick?

An original. A person that breaks the rules, re-interprets or establishes new parameters of their craft. New artistic, educational, scientific visions. A risk taker. A hero.

The Action Maverick Award Benefit celebrates the bravery, strength, courage, openness and interdependence that both SLAM and STREB embody. It manifests the possibilities inherent in a unique place like SLAM. Funds raised from the Action Maverick Benefit support free and low cost SLAM programming, numerous community partnerships and creative collaborations that change lives. Each year at SLAM, 6,000 artists and students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds push internal and external boundaries to create a unique and growing community through Extreme Action.

Past Action Mavericks

2017 Neil A. Mazzella
2016 Laurie Anderson
2015 Dean Potter
2014 Bill T. Jones & Bjorn Amelan
2013 Snohetta
2012 Bettina Drummond
2011 Diana Nyad

2010 Trisha Brown
2009 Cheryl Stearns
2008 Hugh Herr
2007 Noe and Ivan Espana
2006 Philippe Petit
2005 John and Sage Cowles

 This award celebrates those transgressive action specialists whose seemingly reckless journeys are, in reality, a society’s insignia for bravery and courage. These action maverick heroes exist as a constant and eternal reminder of all the moves yet left to do.