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United States of Arts

October 26, 2015

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The NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a high-energy party at the National Portrait Gallery.  Artists, educators, patrons and supporters enjoyed a lively cocktail reception in the Kogod Courtyard, dinner in the Luce Center and an intimate concert in the Great Hall.

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At the giant chalk board guests expressed how the arts have enriched their lives and at the enormous ‘light bright’ installment, party goers let their artistic side shine.AEB_5156AEB_5260-2

Food added to the artistry of the cocktail party with griddled traditional and vegetarian Cubano Sandwiches; an Avocado Station with Toasts, Sips and ‘Carpaccio’; and pretty passed Hors d’Oeuvres.

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Stylish and sleek dining tables in the Luce Center with modern, monochromatic arrangements and color-morphing lights created a dramatic back drop for the plated dinner of Cremont and Phyllo Kataïfi with Cress and Butternut Squash; and Elderwood-Smoked Halibut over Salsify Purée, topped with a slaw of  Brussels Sprouts, Fennel and Kohlrabi.

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Buffets of pick up Sweets and servers with Mini Milk Shakes greeted guests as they made their way to the Great Hall for a private concert with performances by Jeff Daniels, Carka Dirlikov and  Rahim AlHaj.

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Who better to celebrate the arts than this terrific team of creatives?

Planning & Logistics: Dufour & Company

Decor, Buffets & Dining Tables: Design Foundry

Florals: Duran Floral Design

Equipment Rentals: Perfect Settings

Lighting: Atmosphere

Sound & Video: Creative Video

Photography: Imijination Photography