The Prom Press Roundup


The first annual Prom was a resounding success for Urban Arts Partnership! Read on for press coverage from the evening and see our Facebook page for more pictures of our stylish guests and incredible performers. Thanks to everyone who supported the creation of a new Urban Arts tradition!  

Prom Night, Without the Pressure
By Gillian Mohney
June 9, 2011 
Just before the summer fully takes hold, the Urban Arts Partnership threw a very grown-up version of the Prom last night. Hosted by Rosie Perez and Rachel Dratch, the event was a snazzier take on your average high-school affair, with performances by Dres of Black Sheep and DMC of Run-DMC. While, thankfully, there were few corsages to be seen, there were a few other trappings of high school in evidence, including a prom portrait studio-albeit one run by famed photographer Santiago.
Although the party was prom-themed, it didn’t break down into a high-school social hierarchy; everyone came together on the dance floor to celebrate and support arts education. The Urban Arts Partnership fosters arts education programs for public school children throughout New York.
Dance Party! Urban Arts Partnership’s Prom of the Century at Edison Ballroom
By Monica Locasio
June 9, 2011
Last night the Urban Arts Partnership, a non-profit group that helps New York’s neediest schools improved their arts education programs, threw a “Prom of the Century” benefit at the Edison Ballroom. And this was no “Midnight in Venice,” crepe-papered affair in the ballroom of the local Radison. The “prom committee” for the event was over 50-people-strong and included the likes of Alan Cumming, Anthony Mackie, Gabourney Sidibe, George Wayne, Jessica Craig-Martin, Patrick McMullan and Nanette Lepore. Masters of ceremonies Rachel Dratch and Rosie Perez announced performances by DJ D-Nice from the legendary Boogie Down Productions, Darryl “DMC” Daniels, DRES, and the Heritage Hip-Hop Dance Troupe, all of whom kept the crowd on the dance floor ’til the very end. Guests that needed a break from cutting a rug, including Justin Bartha, Phillip Bloch, Judah Friedlander, Ally Sheedy, America Ferrera and Michael Kenneth Williams were lining up for the celebrated photographer Santiago to shoot them for “prom” photos. There was also a silent photography auction (which sold out) featuring works by paparazzi king Ron Gallela and famed hip-hop photographer Sue Kwon among others.