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Celebrate the Wadsworth
Virtual Gala

Presented by the Mandell-Braunstein Family

Saturday, September 26

Watch the museum’s first virtual gala from the comfort of your home.

The Wadsworth is a special place filled with stories that open our imagination to the past and the endless opportunities awaiting in the future. This exciting hour-long program will celebrate the museum’s impact in the community, its rich history of ground-breaking exhibitions and provide a sneak preview of what we have planned for the coming year. Special guests include Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the National Gallery, London Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, and artists Ali Banisadr, Todd Gray, Ed Johnetta Miller, and James Prosek.

 All donations support the general operations of the museum.




Click here to tune in, or copy and paste the following link into your browser:

The event is also available to view on the Wadsworth Atheneum’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.



A pre-show presentation with music by Acute Inflections will begin at 6:45pm and Mill Restaurant Group mixologist Justin Gavry will demonstrate how to craft the ART-tini, a cocktail created for tonight’s event.

ART-tini Recipe
 2.5 oz. Breckenridge Pear Vodka
.75 oz. Lavender Chamomile Honey Syrup
Fresh lemon juice

Fill a shaker with ice, pour in vodka, syrup and squeeze fresh lemon into the shaker.
Shake well, strain and enjoy!

To make the Chamomile syrup
1 cup water
1 cup of sugar
1/4 honey
1 cup dried chamomile blossoms or pure loose leaf chamomile tea
3 tablespoons of lavender flowers, loose or fresh 

Heat water in a pot, add ingredients & simmer until reduced by half. Let cool and strain. Once bottled, it will store in the fridge for a few weeks.



Celebrate the Wadsworth Sponsors



Mandell-Braunstein Family


Tiger Iron Capital


Avangrid Foundation

Lynn Beaulieu and Gerard Lupacchino

Emilie and Raul de Brigard

The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation

Rick and Susan Copeland

Mrs. John M. Gibbons, Jr.

Laura R. Harris

The Hartford

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Buz and Carol Kohn

Marcia Reid Marsted and Jeffrey G. Marsted

Drs. Timothy McLaughlin and Marian Kellner

Agnes and Billy Peelle

Dr. Samuel R. and Martha Peterson

SouthOcean Capital Partners



Barnes Group Inc.

Capital Counsel Investment Advisers

Income Research + Management

Dave and Sharon Jepson

Michael and Cindy Klein

Sharon and Frank Travis and The Travis Foundation

Barbara and Tom Ward


The Amistad Center for Art and Culture

Dr. Duffield Ashmead IV and Mr. Eric Ort

Carol and Tim Covello

Mr. and Mrs. Jared I. Edwards

Mr. Lee G. Kuckro

Dr. Leena Langeland

Mark and Emma Pennington 

Mr. and Mrs. Hy Schwartz

Robert H. and Sharon W. Smith