SWIZZ BEATZ & ALICIA KEYS honored at Brooklyn Artists Ball

The who's who in art, music and fashion came out to the seventh annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on April 3, 2017. The Brooklyn Museum event honored Brooklyn Museum trustee and music producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and artist and activist Alicia Keys for their outstanding commitment to art in all its forms.

The fundraiser featured artist collaborations, transformative décor by David Stark Designs, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and an after party with Swizz Beatz on the turntables.

Brooklyn Museum Trustee Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz) is an internationally acclaimed producer and global entrepreneur. A Grammy ® Award–winning musician and producer. In 2014, he launched the Dean Collection, which houses his ever-growing collection of contemporary art and creates learning opportunities for young art enthusiasts. He has forged successful partnerships with Reebok, Christian Louboutin, Aston Martin, Lotus, and Audemars Piguet, among others. Dean received the prestigious Gordon Parks Foundation Award in 2013. He is currently enrolled at the Harvard Business School and works closely with many charitable causes, including Keep a Child Alive, co-founded with his wife, Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy ® Award–winning singer-songwriter-producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. On November 4, she released her critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Here, on RCA Records. The album shines a light on the sonic soulfulness of New York. She also released a short film, The Gospel, inspired by her songs.

In 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a global movement aimed at building a better world where all people are respected and treated with dignity. In 2003 she co-founded Keep a Child Alive, an organization that provides HIV treatment to children orphaned as a result of AIDS. Keys and Dean live in New York with their two children. Both are integrally involved in many charities focused on children, including the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Gordon Parks Foundation, and the organization Children’s Rights.


All Photos taken in New York City, April 3, 2017 at Brooklyn Artists Ball at Brooklyn Museum by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Brooklyn Museum



Olivia Song and Adam Fuss


Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

Janet Mock


Director of Brooklyn Museum Anne Pasternak and David Byrne


Mickalene Thomas


Fab Five Freddy


Lenny Kravitz and Maxwell

Alicia Keys, Marilyn Minter and Lyor Cohen

Charles Blow, Janet Mock and Sarah Jones

“We were thrilled to honor Kasseem and Alicia,” says Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum. They are extraordinary artists who passionately support other artists and embody the qualities of creative freedom, social progress, and radical goodness that the Brooklyn Museum holds dear."

Proceeds of the Artists Ball assist with expanding museum access within the community through education and programming and enhancing the Museum’s visitor experience.

A driving force behind the massive growth and energy of the borough of Brooklyn and its diverse cultural community, the Brooklyn Museum annually welcomes half a million visitors - one of New York’s most diverse museum-going audiences. END.



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