Chair: Vaughn Massey
The Young Members Committee of The National Arts Club strives to engage artists and art enthusiasts under the age of forty to become active in furthering the Club’s mission, thereby ensuring its legacy.
The Young Members Committee provides a bridge for interested art patrons and artists to experience the many benefits of our renowned organization through programming which can serve to introduce potential new members to the Club. Past events have included book launches, film screenings, and exhibits featuring the work of emerging young artists, as well as lively art-themed soirees and costume galas.
The Committee strives to present programs from a modern perspective but which appeal to all age groups. United by a common passion for the arts, the Committee is a diverse body of young members from a broad professional spectrum who continue to seek like-minded individuals dedicated to sustaining a National Arts Club for the twenty-first century while preserving its extraordinary heritage.
End of Season "Mix and Mingle" (a DJ Series)
Friday, June 20, 8:00 PM
The final Mix N’ Mingle of the season will begin with a silent auction featuring works of art donated by young, up-and-coming artists. The silent auction will serve to initiate a relationship with young artists, ideally exposing them to the club and creating a positive dialogue through furthering artistic endeavors in support of the Will Barnet Fund.
North Carolina-born Ski Beatz is an artist, musician, record producer, and MC. Originally known as MC Will-Ski, he was discovered by New York City Hip-Hop aficionado DJ Clark Kent during a performance with the Bizzie Boys. Ski Beatz has produced music for the rap duo Camp Lo including their debut album Uptown Saturday Night, which rose to number 27 on the Billboard 200 chart. He was also commissioned by recording industry executive Damon Dash to work on Reason, the debut album of recording artist Jay Z. Ski Beatz will DJ from 9:00 PM to Midnight.
A True Version of Mishka Shubaly
Wednesday, June 25, 8:00 PM
Mishka Shubaly received his MFA from the Columbia Writing program in Fiction, but it was working poverty alongside the substance fueled grind of hopeless, nickel-and-dime tours with independent rock bands that provided the impetus for his runaway success as a writer. The Long Run details his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner and remains one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception, and their aftermath. His honesty has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness, and heart. He has been acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, and others for his “horrible, horrible true stories.” Time Out New York wrote, “the gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind’s darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back.”
Mishka Shubaly joins us for a reading from his work and a discussion of his experience writing for a digital platform, especially in comparison to his current preparation for a forthcoming book in old-fashioned paper format. Fiction is the foundation for his expressive memoirs, and Shubaly will discuss the fiction of non-fiction and the perverse impositions of a linear narrative on life’s disordered incidents. A Q&A will follow the discussion where Shubaly welcomes practical and prurient inquiries on the writing life.