Which eight people are we talking about?
How about just one?

Laurie Anderson is a visual artist, composer, poet, vocalist, photographer, filmmaker, instrumentalist and performance artist.
She has always gone places no one has before.
And at each stop she produced new ways of looking,
listening and thinking.
We are fortunate to have been around and been able to witness
this powerhouse of a once in a century talent.
Join us as we celebrate this genius.

Laurie Anderson


Action Maverick Award Honoree
Laurie Anderson

Event Co-Chairs
Kimbrough Towles and George S. Loening

Honorary Chair
Pat Steir

Kate Clinton

Thursday, April 28, 2016

7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception
8:00 pm
Seated Dinner and Award Presentation
Special Performance by Laurie Anderson,
plus the STREB Extreme Action Company

51 North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249


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Action Architect
Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsors
Kimbrough Towles and George S. Loening
Andrea Woodner* and Allison Kavey

Extreme Action Hero
Dorothy Lichtenstein

Risk Takers
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams**
Cris Arguedas and Carole Migden
Alberta Arthurs
Cheryl* and Max Batzer
Susan Chin and Charles McKinney
Danita Geltner and Thomas Gentile
Paula Gifford and Chris McKenzie
Agnes Gund
New York State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol**
New York City Council Member Stephen Levin**
Robert* and Lucy Reitzfeld
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna**
Donald J. Rose, M.D. and Victoria Lasdon Rose
Suzanne Shaker and Pete Dandridge
Debra Singer and Jay Worthington
William Siroty and William Stelling
Catharine R. Stimpson and Liz Wood
Elizabeth Streb* and Laura Flanders
John Charles Thomas* and Emily Russell
New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer**
Suzanne Weil
Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes

Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer
Steven Feldman
Joe Hall
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Robert Pollock
Craig Tooman* and Jill Crawford
Jed Walentas

Benefit Auction Artist Committee
Laurie Anderson
John Cage Trust
Danita Geltner
Lois Greenfield
Roni Horn
Annie Leibovitz
Donald Moffet
Tom Otterness
Lucy Reitzfeld
Robert Reitzfeld*
Cindy Sherman
Adam Weinberg
Andrea Woodner*

*Member STREB Board of Directors
**Honorary Committee Member

 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.

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

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