To celebrate the 50th anniversary, CMS will hold its annual Spring Gala on September 10 and honor individuals for their tremendous contribution to the arts. The evening will start with a cocktail reception, followed by performances, the award ceremony, and dinner. This year the gala will honor Elinor L. Hoover, CMS Board Chair and Managing Director in Citi Global Markets, and Shirley Young, Chair of US-China Cultural Institute. Shirley Young is a well-known Chinese-American entrepreneur and cultural bridge builder. This makes her the first Chinese American to receive this honor.
In 2000, Ms. Young founded the US-China Cultural Institute. Its mission is to create bridges of understanding between the United States and China by strengthening cultural and educational exchanges; to serve as a catalyst for new relationships between major arts and education institutions in the two nations; to introduce new cultural concepts with long-term potential; and to support rising young artists of Chinese heritage for international careers. Since then, she has formed a close relationship with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Today, Shirley Young’s name and her US-China Cultural Institute are well known by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The honor awarded by CMS underlines Lincoln Center’s recognition of Shirley Young’s outstanding contribution to the world's top cultural and arts institutions.