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 begins Wednesday, April 18th.

Action Architect
Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsor

Andrea Woodner* and Allison Kavey

Action Aces

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

Dan Allen
Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer
Ghetto Film School
Joe Hall*

Peryton & Auvere
Eric Price
Craig Tooman* and Jill Crawford
Paul Wolf*

Risk Takers
Cris Arguedas and Carole Migden
Hugo Barreca
Leslie Belzberg
Christine Chen* and Adam Ingrassia
Joel Conarroe
Cheryl Cohen-Effron
Eve Ensler
Robert* and Sylvie Fitzpatrick
Laura Flanders*
John Geraci and Jason Aiello
Agnes Gund
Neil A. Mazzella
Paula Gifford and Chris McKenzie
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson+
Susan Nimoy
Ann Philbin
Robert* and Lucy Reitzfeld
Julie Scelfo and James Cavoli
Suzanne Shaker and Pete Dandridge
John Charles Thomas
Annie and Robert Tirschwell
New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer+
Asaf Yogev and Pawel Tkaczuk

Alberta Arthurs
David Bolotsky
Michelle Byrd
Cynthia Mayeda
Donald J. Rose, M.D
Catharine Stimpson and Elizabeth Wood


Benefit Auction Artist Committee
Laurie Anderson
Ellen Harvey
Roy Lichtenstein
Annie Leibowitz
Robert Longo
Mary Miss
Meredith Monk
Tom Otterness
Philippe Petit
Lucy Reitzfeld
Robert Reitzfeld*
Cindy Sherman
Pat Steir
Michelle Stuart
Andrea Woodner*

Jacqueline Woodson

*Member STREB Board of Directors

+Honorary Committee Member

List as of March 23, 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.