University of the Arts celebrated the achievements of Jeffrey Lutsky

Jud Aaron, Board of Trustees, UArts, Jeffrey Lutsky, chair of UArts’ Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2021. His board service began in
2010 and David Yager, President & CEO of UArts

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, University of the Arts celebrated the achievements of Jeffrey
Lutsky, chair of UArts’ Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2021. His board service began in

During his tenure, Lutsky orchestrated the hiring of President
& CEO David Yager, positioned UArts to articulate and achieve its mission and initiated
Uniquely UArts: the Campaign for Creative Capital, the university’s first-ever
comprehensive campaign.

The celebration was held in UArts’ Center for Immersive Media, which opened in 2019.
The Center is a place where students and faculty can explore the opportunities and
implications of what it means to be immersed in data, simulations, stories, performance
and digital communities. It was the first time many of the Trustees, staff, supporters and friends of UArts had seen each other in two years.

The Campaign for Creative Capital has raised more than $58 million in support of
UArts’ quest to achieve a new level in arts education. In recognition of his efforts and
dedication to the university, Lutsky was presented with a custom-printed cymbal signed
by UArts trustees and staff.

Upcoming events at UArts include in-person screenings at Lightbox Film Center and
exhibitions. Learn more at uarts.edu.


Leslie Odom, Jr. Helps University of the Arts Celebrate their 140th anniversary

Leslie Odom, Jr. Helps University of the Arts Celebrate their 140th anniversary


The University of the Arts hosted a Creative Black Tie Gala as part of a year-long series of events celebrating its 140th anniversary. The star-powered, Grammy-style gala featured Philadelphia native and Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr., and performances by some of UArts’ most renowned ensembles and was held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Sunday October 16, 2016.


Brian and Sherry Effron, University of the Arts president, David Yager, Leslie Odom, Jr , Jeff Hammond, auctioneer extraordinaire, as well as emcee for the evening, and Jeffrey A. Lutsky,  chairman of the Board of Trustees for UArts and Stradley Ronon’s managing partner.
Yager was officially installed the next day, October 17. “Mark today in your calendar, as we celebrate 140 years and this inauguration. We are standing at the threshold of something new… the University of the Arts will be what it has always been—distinctive and bold—and it will be like something we have never seen before. Because that is our obligation—and our passion—as artists and makers.” – David Yager


Neil Kleinman is the director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and a former professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts, Kate Genzer and Richard Genzer, Genzer Associates


Frank Giordano, President & CEO | The Philly Pops and Dottie Giordano


Leslie and Al Borish


The highenergy event wove together musical and theatrical performances, awards and remarks to create an impactful evening honoring the University community’s contributions to the creative economy. Mole Street produced the musical part of the evening.



Brandy Tynes and Bernard Tynes


Award winning Artists Nadia Hironaka, Chair of the Film and Video department at The Maryland Institute College of Art and Matthew Suib, Hironaka & Suib

are both alumni of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Alyson Frank and Sherry Effron


 Aubrey Fink, Kim Fink, Karin Copeland and Sage Copeland.


Leslie Odom Jr. with honorees Eleanor Davis and Stephen Tarantal.


Raised in Philadelphia, Odom made his Broadway debut as a teenager in “Rent.” He later performed in productions like “Leap of Faith“ and “Venice;” Odom also appeared on TV as Sam Strickland on the NBC musical series “Smash”, before but before appearing in the smash hit on Broadway “Hamilton.”  Up next for Odom is the release of his Christmas CD “Simply Christmas,” on November 11.



Beth Fredrick, Lisle Hummerston, Meghan Walsh and Francina Girard,


Cheryl Hazzard, Alumni Board, Composer, musician, and scholar J. Donald Dumpson (he Curated the Papal Visit Choir With Aretha Franklin) and Valerie V. Gay, CFP | Art Sanctuary. Saturday night she performed at the PABJ Awards


Anna Ready and Anna Clarke


Before I knew it the gal ringing the chimes to signal the guests head to the ballroom passed by, and it was time for me to go….