Annual Gala

Thank you for joining us at the 2017 Annual Gala as we celebrated Latino arts and culture in Los Angeles. Join us Saturday, October 13, 2018 to celebrate the Autry's 30th anniversary.

United States Poet Laureate (2015–2017)

Master of Ceremonies GISELLE FERNÁNDEZ
Emmy® Award-winning Broadcast Journalist

Photos by Danielle Klebanow.

About the Autry Gala

A lively night honoring the best of the American West, the Gala is one of the Autry’s largest fundraisers of the year. This black-tie or dressy Western evening includes a cocktail reception, live auction, an elegant dinner, entertainment, and the presentation of the Spirit of the West Award.

Past honorees include Ken Burns, Emmylou Harris, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Diane Keaton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and many other distinguished individuals and foundations.

Why Your Gift Matters …

Your gift supports the Autry’s mission to share the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future.

The annual Gala enhances awareness of the Autry Museum of the American West’s mission and provides essential funding for exhibitions, public programming, educational programs, and research that distinguish the museum as one of the nation’s most unique cultural institutions.

Proceeds support:

  • Critically acclaimed exhibitions that reveal the interconnected stories of the American West through art, artifacts, and immersive storytelling. More than 180,000 people explore the Autry’s exhibitions each year.

  • Family programs, film screenings, scholarly lectures, and other public programs that expand on exhibitions and engage audiences in new thinking about the West.

  • Educational tours and programs that enrich more than 40,000 Southern California K-12 students annually, including approximately 15,000 under-served students who receive free admission and transportation via the Autry's All Aboard! program.

  • In-school outreach programs through which Autry museum educators work hand-in-hand with local teachers to teach history in new and exciting ways.

“Working on a project like this is different from learning history in a history class because this project has been a lot more hands-on. We’ve been able to research and go to sites to learn from people . . . I feel really proud of this work.”

—8th Grade Participant in an Autry Outreach Program