Annual Gala

Join the Board of Trustees and the entire Tenement Museum community for the 2020 Gala, taking place on April 23rd at Center415 in New York City! This year’s Gala will pay tribute to David Henry Hwang, Renee Tajima-Peña and Founder’s Award recipient Anita Jacobson. The annual event serves as a pivotal moment to celebrate and support the Tenement Museum as America’s foremost immigration museum.



David Henry Hwang

Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter & Librettist

David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards.

Renee Tajima-Peña

Filmmaker, Professor, and Media Activist

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work focuses on Asian Americans, communities of color, immigration, gender, and social justice as well as a professor of Asian Studies and media activist.

Founder’s Award


Anita Jacobson

Tenement Museum Co-founder, Curator, Artist

Anita Jacobson is a co-founder of the Tenement Museum and participated in the creation of many of the Museum’s programs, created its temporary exhibits and managed the archives and library. Jacobson has a long-ranging background in the fields of art and historic preservation.

Ticketing Information

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Museum Gala Recaps

Gala 2019

What a fantastic night! On Thursday, May 23rd, The Tenement Museum hosted its 2019 Gala and the evening was a resounding success, raising over $1 million for Museum projects and causes.

Gala 2018

What a night! The Tenement Museum’s 2018 Gala exceeded expectations, celebrating 30 years of the Tenement Museum and raising close to $1 million, which will be used to support the Museum’s ambitious new strategic direction.