Missy Elliott Headlines Yellow Ball, with Featured Performances by A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong

American Express and Pharrell Williams to co-host Yellow Ball on September 10th at the Brooklyn Museum benefiting Young Audiences (Graphic: Business Wire)

Over 300 guests gathered at the Brooklyn Museum, where American Express and its Platinum Card Creative Director, Pharrell Williams, hosted the Yellow Ball in support of arts education nationwide.

The evening was named and inspired by Pharrell, who explained the evening’s yellow theme to attendees: “Yellow is the color of creativity and curiosity. It serves as a representation of the bright light we are shining on the need for arts education, and its incredible power to paint a brighter future for us all.”

Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams on the Yellow carpet.

All ticket sales benefited Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s largest arts-in-education network, whose work strives to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. American Express also gifted $1 Million to the organization.

David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences, remarked that: “All students have the creative potential to re-imagine a future that is still unknown and shape that future in a means beneficial to all. Young Audiences Arts for Learning has been committed to this promise for the past 66 years. We are grateful to American Express and Pharrell Williams to help us realize this vision.”

The evening featured special guest experiences, including:

  • Musical performances by headlining artist Missy Elliott, A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong
  • A multi-room art experience in celebration of the importance of arts education and creativity by American Express Platinum Collective Member, Daniel Arsham
  • A curated dinner from American Express Global Dining Collection Chef, Dominique Crenn with canapés by Chef Jean Imbert
  • Magic performances from magician and endurance artist David Blaine
Dishes prepared by Chef Dominique Crenn for the Yellow Ball

Eligible Platinum Card Members also had the opportunity to receive a limited-edition yellow Platinum Card designed by Pharrell, in recognition for their support. Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer, American Express shared, “We hope the limited-edition yellow Platinum Card, designed by Pharrell, will spark conversation and inspire more people to give back to the arts and other causes and communities.” Card Members also had the opportunity to give back through on-site donation stations benefiting Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

Empire State Building is illuminated in celebration of Yellow Ball.

As guests left for the evening, the Empire State Building stood out across the New York City skyline lit up in yellow as earlier in the day, Pharrell Williams, alongside Elizabeth Rutledge and David Dik, participated in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in support of Young Audiences Arts for Learning and the Yellow Ball.

Notable celebrities and influencers in attendance included:Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh, Missy Elliott, A$AP Ferg, Daniel Arsham, DJ Stretch Armstrong, David Blaine, Chef Dominique Crenn, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Sean Bankhead, Jaquel Knight, Ronnie Fieg (Kith), Chef Jean Imbert, Sheldon “Shae” Haley (N.E.R.D), Coco Rocha (Model), Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony), Charlie Puth (Singer), Viraj Puri (Gotham Greens), Darrelle Revis (Former New York Jets Cornerback), Halston Sage (Actress), Billie Eilish (Singer), June Ambrose, Stephanie LaCava, Greg Davis Jr., Jillian Mercado, Dustin Yellin, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Anne Pasternak (Brooklyn Museum), and more.

(L-R) Walter Frye, June Ambrose, Sylvia Rhone and Jaquel Knight
David Blaine (C) entertains (L-R) Halston Sage, Charlie Puth, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Nicole Avant and Ted Sarandos
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz attend the Yellow Ball
Darrelle Revis poses on the Yellow Carpet
Missy Elliott performs her chart-topping hits at the Yellow Ball
Missy Elliott performs her chart-topping hits at the Yellow Ball
Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott and A$AP Ferg pose on the Yellow Carpet
A$AP Ferg performs
A view of the Yellow Ball
DJ Stretch Armstrong performs at the Yellow Ball
Atmosphere at the Yellow Ball
Mona Scott Young (R) attends the Yellow Ball.
Kela Walker on the Yellow Carpet.